Subject:Zhou Enlai Portrait Snuff Bottle
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Thu, Jul 08, 2021 IP: 188.8.131.52
An inside painted glass snuff bottle featuring a very detailed and honest, almost photo realistic portrait of prominent and well respected communist party leader Zhou Enlai, 1898- 1976. Zhou was the first Premier of The People's Republic of China, formed in 1949, and later appointed to serve as First Vice Chairman under then Chairman Mao Zedong in 1973.
On the reverse, the image of the " rising red sun to the east", above a blackened landscape. The rising red sun image became a symbol of the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976, found illuminating the lands under its brilliant rays in Revolution era depictions. And, however, the blackened landscape might be a symbolic vision of the suffering caused by the failed leadership programs that were promoted during the Cultural Revolution.
The bottle is unsigned, but I am hoping to learn who the artist might be, and possibly when the bottle was made
Mouth diam: 11/32"; .87 cm
H: 2 1/2"; 6.35cm
Thank you for looking