Chinese Snuff Bottles

September 30, 2018–December 09, 2018

Nearly 250 Chinese snuff bottles from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) are on view at the Walters this fall.

Visitors can marvel at these small wonders, delicately crafted from stone, glass, porcelain, ivory, lacquer, enamel, and precious metals. Among the most breathtaking examples are “inside-painted” snuff bottles, with calligraphy or landscapes painted by inserting a tiny brush in the bottle’s interior.

This installation is organized in conjunction with the 50th Annual Convention of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, which will be held in Baltimore. The objects that will be on view in the Treasury, located off of the Italian-style Palazzo.