Fine Daoguan Tongzhi period blue and white cylindrical snuff bottle with a delicately painted monkey riding a galloping horse; a scene of the Monkey King from the Tales of the Western Journey. An older 19th century snuff bottle with rolled mouth rim with a circle and circles both outside and inside the footrim. Excellent quality biscuit and glaze. Nice shaped green top with finial.
2.5" high and 1" diameter. Very good condition with a flake on the footrim, no lines or repairs. picture shows one grain of grit on mouth rim.
Note. Journey to the West is a popular "antique" folk tale of the Tang era monk Xuan Chuan in search of the true Budhist sutra scriptures. The Monkey King was his first and most powerful disciple whose mission was the protection of his master on a perilous journey. The Journey is a quest of vast dimensions in time, space, characters and imagination. Worth a read and easily accessible by google search on "Monkey King" or "Journey to the West".
Partial Chinese Time Table important to ceramics:
Tang Dynasty AD 618-907
Northern Song 960-1127
Southern Song 1127-1279
Xi Xia 1038-1227
Ming Dynasty 1368-1662
Time table of Qing Dynasty Emperors :
Shun-Tze 1644-1661, Kangxi 1662- 1722
Yongzhen 1723-1735, Qianlong 1736-1795
Jiaqing 1796-1820, Daoguang 1821-1850
Xiangfeng 1851-1861, Tongzhi 1862-1874
Guangxu 1875-1908, Xuantong 1909-1911