19th century silver bodied Mongolian snuff bottle with inlaid stones. The silver is probably coin silver, between .600-.800 points of silver. There are elements of coral and turquoise inlays. These kinds of bottles that had stones and repousse elements applied against the body are usually called Mongolian style bottles. However they can just as easily be for the Tibetan market. All of the design forms are certainly Chinese, but there is a floral element on the front and back inlaid with turquoise, coral, and lapis, On the sides there are false ring handles of turquoise and coral. The overall shape of the bottle is in the form of a large porcelain bottle with handles on either side of dragons. The dragons here in silver are done in the form of water dragons, and the top is coral, probably half of a bead which was something that the Tibetan or Mongolian people would have desired.
Age: Qing 19th Century
Size: 3 x 1-7/8 x 1-1/8 inches
Media: silver / coral / turquoise
Price: $3,500.00 USD