Jade Snuff Bottle


Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty
Dublin, Ireland

This bottle is carved of grey nephrite jade in the shape of a dragon-headed carp. The fish is an extremely popular subject in Chinese art. The dragon-headed carp rising from waves is a metaphor for a poor scholar who, by passing the civil services exams, raises himself to the status of high official.


  • Title: Jade Snuff Bottle
  • Date Created: 1740–1800
  • Physical Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Location Created: China
  • Original Source: Chester Beatty, Dublin
  • Rights: © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
  • Collection Number: CBL C 0749

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