In Buddhist symbolism, lions are regarded as powerful and majestic animals representing strength, courage, and protection. They are also seen as guardians of the Dharma, the teachings of Buddha. The number nine holds significance in Buddhism as well, symbolizing completeness and perfection. The depiction of Nine Buddhist Lions in snuff bottles and other artworks is believed to bring auspiciousness, good fortune, and protection to the owner.It is considered a symbol of positive energy, strength, and blessings, and it is highly valued among collectors and those who appreciate Buddhist and Chinese art. Four-character Qianlong reign marked, probably 17-18th century art work. Excluded stopper 3in (H); 2in (W). The explanation of the term century.
Snuff bottles are antique items from the Qing Dynasty, started in 1644. They are categorized by different centuries as follows. The 17th century spans from 1600 to 1700. The 18th century ranges from 1700 to 1800. The 19th century encompasses the years from 1800 to 1900.After the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, snuff bottles continued to be made. The 20th century covers the period from 1900 to 2000. During this period, it is possible to distinguish between the founding of the Republic of China in 1911 and the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949.