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A Whiff of Luxury: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch

August 4, 1997-August 30, 1997
Location: Unspecified location
Curator: Rebecca Bitterman
Media: Jade, lacquer, glass, bamboo, coral, and iron nugget
The exhibition A Whiff of Luxury: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch presented what is perhaps the most important collection of these small works of art, since the collections owned by the Chinese Emperors themselves, reflected a microcosm of Chinese art in all possible materials; jade, lacquer, glass, bamboo, coral, and even iron nugget. Dragons, symbolizing imperial power, homonym for good wishes, rebuses, and symbols of longevity, success and wealth, reflected the wishes and ambitions of the owners. These bottles, mainly created in Imperial workshops in the Forbidden City, were made under the patronage, and used by Emperors of the last dynasty and their entourage, who were not Chinese but Manchus.