Atomo Collection

Go to content

Main menu:

The Three Rams

The Collection > Inside Painted

  • Glass

  • Pear shaped

  • Inside painted with three rams under a willow tree with the full sun above. The other side with an inscription, signed Ma Shaoxuan, dated Bing Shen Year (1896), with a seal:

    "Composed at the Capital city
    hundreds of sight, as I look at flowers everywhere without restraint
    as I wave my arms about, everywhere I touch are signs of spring
    vines are growing, as the mountains afar come alive

    The Bing Shen year (corresponding to 1896) is starting earnest,
    accompanied by neighboring nightingales.

    Ma Shaoxuan."

    The rebus formed by the three rams under the sun (sanyang kaitai) refers to the New Year ushering in renewal and a change of fortune or prosperity (see "Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art", Terese Tse Bartholomew, page 278).


  • 1896


  • Height cm. 5.2
  • Mouth cm. 0.5
  • Lip cm. 1.5


  • Coral with green ring


  • Robert Hall, Seattle Convention, 15 October 1977
  • Charles V. Swain collection
  • Christie's Paris - 10 June 2009 - Lot n. 110


  • 41st Convention I.C.S.B.S., Dublin, October 2009
  • Palazzina delle Arti: Museo del Sigillo (Seal Museum), La Spezia - Italy, November 2010 - January 2011


  • Journal ICSBS - Autumn 2009 - Vol XXXXI number 2 - P. 37 - Fig. 8
  • Atomo Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Foti, no. 24, p. 29


  • Inkplay in Microcosm - The Humphrey K.F. Hui Collection" No. 36

Home Page | About Us | The Collection | Credits and Links | Bibliography | Contact Us | Exhibitions | Site Map

Back to content | Back to main menu