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Snuff Bottle

Artist/Maker

Snuff is powdered tobacco, usually blended with aromatic herbs or spices. The habit of snuff-taking spread to China from the West during the 17th century and became established in the 18th century. People generally carried snuff in a small bottle. By the 20th century these bottles had become collectors' items, owing to the great variety of materials and decorative techniques used in their production.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Snuff Bottle
  • Box
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Glass snuff bottle, transparent, with overlay of greyish-blue glass carved in relief, China, ca.19th century
Credit line
Salting Bequest
Summary
Snuff is powdered tobacco, usually blended with aromatic herbs or spices. The habit of snuff-taking spread to China from the West during the 17th century and became established in the 18th century. People generally carried snuff in a small bottle. By the 20th century these bottles had become collectors' items, owing to the great variety of materials and decorative techniques used in their production.
Collection
Accession Number
C.1688-1910

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record createdJuly 7, 1998
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