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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.
Glass snuff bottle, transparent, with overlay of greyish-blue glass carved in relief, China, ca.19th century
Containers; Personal accessories; Glass
East Asia Collection