A professional commission for snuff bottles affiliated to China Arts and Crafts Association was established in Hengshui, Hebei province on April 20, in a bid to study and promote the art of painting pictures inside snuff bottles.
The commission is made up of domestic and overseas craft masters and snuff bottle collectors. Zhang Rucai, a famous snuff bottle artist in Hengshui, was elected as the first director of the snuff bottle commission.
Snuff bottle paintings??glass bottles that have pictures and sometimes calligraphy painted on the inside surface of the glass??are an intangible cultural heritage in China. The craft has a history of around 200 years, dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
A ceremony establishing the professional commission for snuff bottles takes place in Hengshui on April 20. [Photo/hebei.com.cn]
Zhang Rucai, newly-elected director of the snuff bottle commission, speaks in Hengshui on April 20. [Photo/hebei.com.cn]