Gross weight is 96.6 grams. Provenance: Former collection of a known European aristocratic family. Absolutely scarce antique Chinese collector piece and one of the important and rare antique China carved rock crystal snuff bottles and works of art. Chinese admiration for bats began thousands of years before Christ. Sometimes people view the Oriental world as an interplay between active and passive forces (male and female).Bats were thought to embody the male principle while the flowers and fruits are the female. In feng shui applications, bat is used as a wealth cure and considered a symbol of wealth. Bats also came to represent longevity and happiness, so it is an auspicious symbol in Chinese culture. Bats are believed to have highly developed sensory parts for "smelling" out places with auspicious chi energy.
The next time these flying creatures come and nest in someone's house, one should rejoice because that heralds good fortune. The bat is a symbol of happiness and joy. The Chinese for bat fu? Sounds identical to the word for good fortune fu?
Making bats popular in Chinese culture. Groups of five bats is said to be more powerful formula for abundance and fulfillment of dreams. Five bats together have long been used by Chinese artists to represent the five blessings: wufu?? : long life, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death.