Blue Stone Snuff Bottle

20th Century
$128 USD
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W: 2.0" D: 1.0" H: 2.5"
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A mixture of finely powdered tobacco, herbs, and spices, snuff was introduced to China in the 17th century by Western diplomats. Initially reserved for ranking members of Qing-dynasty society, the practice provided an opportunity to display one's refined aesthetic through collectible snuff bottles. This example is carved from a beautiful, dark blue hardstone flecked with white and red deposits. Showcasing the natural beauty of the stone, the bottle is decorated only by small tiger carvings on the shoulders meant to imitate the handles of ancient bronze vessels.

Original stopper has been lost.

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