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Hengshui interior painting: A big world sketched inside a small bottle

Updated: 2021-09-06 16:09 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Artworks encompassing snuff bottles decorated with interior painting are displayed at an art museum in Hengshui city, North China’s Hebei province, on Sept 1, 2021.[Photo/Xinhua]

Hengshui interior painting is a painting technique on the inner wall of snuff bottles in Hengshui city, Hebei province. Using a special paintbrush, artists paint the inside of a bottle through its narrow mouth, incorporating the entire process of composition, delineation, wrinkle-removal and coloring.

Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to contain powdered tobacco. With delicate carvings on the surface or painting inside, snuff bottles are now popular as artifacts for collections. In 2006, Hengshui interior painting was listed as a national-level intangible cultural heritage in China.

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