Other Curio in National Palace Museum, part2
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of curios! Here, you can explore some of the most unique artifacts from China's imperial past. We have a variety of different curios on display here, including a Pair of "Bovet" pocket watches with pearls and painted enamel, a Glass Inside-Painted Snuff Bottle with a Traveling Scene, a Brush Holder with Letter-reading Scene and Ivory balls of nested concentric layers with human figures in openwork relief. These are all amazing pieces that tell us about the culture and lifestyle of people during this time period. Come take a look at these incredible artifacts today!
1. Pair of "Bovet" pocket watches with pearls and painted enamel
Since they were brought to China during the Ming and Qing eras, western clocks and watches have been held in high esteem. Pocket watches, with their intricate design and wearable nature, became not only a convenient way to tell time, but also a status symbol and precious collectable.
2. Glass Inside-Painted Snuff Bottle with a Traveling Scene
In the late 17th century, Western snuff and snuff containers entered China. At its peak, various Western countries and the Vatican in Rome often presented snuff and snuff containers as gifts to the court.
3. Brush Holder with Letter-reading Scene
A segment of bamboo has been turned into a brush holder. It has a flat top and the bottom is the divided part of the bamboo. On the outside, there is a carving of a woman with an elegant hairstyle. She is standing in front of a screen that has a handscroll on it.
4. Ivory balls of nested concentric layers with human figures in openwork relief
This set of movable openwork ivory balls nested in concentric layers comprises four main parts: a dragon fish hook, two ladies-in-waiting carved in the round, a set of hollow nested concentric balls, and a pendant depicting the Heavenly Twins of Conjugal Felicity.