Chinese carved banded agate snuff bottle with a jade and silver stopper. With taotie-style masks carved along two sides.
Provenance: From the Estate of C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan, Long Lake, Minnesota.
C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan (1926-2022) was a passionate world traveler and avid collector. It was through his travels that he was inspired to begin a lifelong relationship with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), becoming a major sponsor of the institute and facilitating the growth of their Asian art department, which is now one of the best in the country. His generous donations to Mia allowed them to establish a fund for the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, one of the few endowed positions of this type in the museum field. He additionally served as a trustee of the institute, advocating for its operational growth. In its turn, the museum established a gallery named in his honor in recognition for his endowment fund and numerous contributions to their collection. The selections here showcase his talent and breadth of collecting, ranging from ancient statues to 19th-century woodblock prints. His appreciation for art persisted throughout his life and we are honored to offer items from his collection in this auction.Height: 2 1/2 in x width: 1 1/2 in x depth: 1 in.
Wear throughout and natural lines to the jade components. Oxidation to metal components. There is a minute dent to the upper side of one of the handle carvings. Along the underside, there is a 1 inch area of loss and discoloration; however, it does not appear to be a restoration under UV light given that the part is not fluorescent under UV light.
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