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Snuff bottle

Snuff bottle

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, transparent with an overlay of blue glass carved in relief

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1548-1910

  • 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 flattened pear form with a short cylindrical neck and no stopper.
It is made of glass, transparent with a white tinge, with an overlay of blue glass carved in relief.
The decoration depicts a catfish above waves and a lotus leaf in the water. On the reverse there is a catfish on its back in the waves.
The foot is formed by overlay, with angular indentation underneath.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1750-1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glass, transparent with an overlay of blue glass carved in relief

Dimensions

Height: 7.1 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, China, Qing, GLASS, OVERLAY

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

Catfish; Lotus; Wave

Categories

ELISE; Containers; Personal accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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