Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Snuff bottle

Snuff bottle

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agate and chalcedony, with dark brown inclsuions

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by W. H. Cope, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    730-1903

  • 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 flask form with curved shoulders and no stopper.
It is made of agate and chalcedony, tawny yellow and milky white with dark brown inclusions.
The foot is faceted with a shallow indentation underneath.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1750-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Agate and chalcedony, with dark brown inclsuions

Dimensions

Height: 5.9 cm

Descriptive line

Scu, China, carving, chalcedony

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

Agate; Chalcedony

Techniques

Carving

Categories

ELISE; Containers; Personal accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.