Inner Painting Arts

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The snuff bottle
In the late of Ming Dynasty, the snuff came to China, so the snuff bottles developed gradually. The skill made the snuff bottle very flourishing in the Qing Dynasty. The inside painting snuff bottle appeared in the Year of Emperor Jia qing. This kind of inside painting skill developed, and now it becomes consummate.

Inner snuff bottle painting is a unique form of art. Inserting a specially designed slender pen with a bend at the tip through the neck, an accomplished artist working in the tight space of the bottle cavity is able to etch vivid designs and calligraphy onto the inner surface of the bottle. The result is an array of exquisite miniatures of landscapes, still life, portraits and calligraphy that delight many collectors. H

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