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Snuff bottle

Snuff bottle

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1909 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jasper with natural coloured markings

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • 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 an oval flattened flask form with no stopper.
It is made of jasper, with orange, yellow, green and grey markings.
It has a flat oval base and no foot.
The decorative interest lies in the natural colours and markings of the stone. A heavy bottle in relation to its size.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1750-1909 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Jasper with natural coloured markings


Height: 6.2 cm

Descriptive line

Scu, China, carving, jasper

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.




ELISE; Containers; Personal accessories


East Asia Collection

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