An amber-colored snuff bottle has carvings of eight fish, auspicious Chinese symbols of wealth, abundance, freedom and harmony. Four fish swim on one side below calligraphy incised on a shoulder of the bottle; four fish on the other side swim among lotus plants, emblems of fruitfulness. For good measure, a ninth fish is incised between the two carved areas. Dating from mid to late 20th century, this piece is a relative newcomer in the venerable snuff bottle field. It is in excellent condition except for the inside of the stopper where the cork-topped spoon shaft has been reattached to the stopper with glue. Dimensions: height 3-1/4" (8 cm), width 2" (5 cm), depth 1" (2-1/2cm).