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Subject:Chinese small bottle marks 2
Posted By: Vicky Harrison Tue, Dec 17, 2019 IP: 2a02:c7d:da5e:300:a9

Can anyone tell me anything about this bottle and the marks please? Any other information would also be greatly appreciated.

Subject:Re: Chinese small bottle marks 2
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Dec 19, 2019

I'll try to paraphrase a longer explanation of the inscription in the context of the principal applicable icon seen here in the images of your modern snuff bottle. Lotuses (lian 蓮), sometimes seen in a marsh with reeds (lu 蘆), conjure up an old blessing for Chinese students, ‘May you succeed in all of your exams’ (yi lu lian ke 一路連科). Examinations were extremely important in dynastic times, when virtually very Chinese student aspired to passing all of their civil exams with scores high enough to enter the Hanlin Academy, where candidates trained for the imperial bureaucracy.

Turtles are auspicious creatures vis-à-vis their longevity, so add a sense of prospering in the long term from successful studies.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Chinese small bottle marks 2
Posted By: I.Nagy Thu, Dec 19, 2019

一路連科 - May you pass your examinations one after another
The popular combination of the lotus with with white heron known as lu (鷺), which like the lotus、remains an unsullied white in swamps, is an allusion to the Confucian ideal of an incorruptible official, lu being a homophone for an "official salary" (禄.
In old times the candidates who had passed were lined up and presented to the emperor. Standing by the base of steps at the big stone turtle meant being top of the class

With regards,
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