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Snuff bottle

Snuff bottle

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1915 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Credit Line:

    H. L. Florence Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1229&A-1917

  • 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.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1750-1915 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 6.9 cm

Descriptive line

Chinese snuff bottle, chalcedony and quartz, in the form of a flask, Qing Dynasty, 1750-1915.

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.

Categories

ELISE; Containers; Personal accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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