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Snuff bottle

Snuff bottle

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1909 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque white glass, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1533-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

The bottle is a rounded flattened flask form with no stopper.
It is made of glass, opaque white, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief.
There is a continuous design of three scrolling dragons forming a band of decoration from the shoulder to just above the foot.
The foot is formed by overlay, with indentation underneath.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1750-1909 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Opaque white glass, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief

Dimensions

Height: 6.0 cm

Descriptive line

Glass snuff bottle, opaque white, with overlay of blue glass carved in relief, China, ca.19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

White, Helen. Snuff Bottles from China. London: Bamboo Publishing Ltd in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992. 291p., ill. ISBN 1870076109.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (motifs); Dragon

Categories

ELISE; Images Online; Containers; Personal accessories; Glass

Collection

East Asia Collection

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