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Snuff Bottle with Stopper and Spoon

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885M1853
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1880 - 1900

Notes

This late 19th century cream glass snuff bottle has an ivory spoon which extends from the inside of the stopper.Tobacco was introduced into China from Europe in the late 16th century and was smoked in a pipe. The use of snuff, tobacco that has been ground to a fine powder and scented with essential oils, came later after the establishment of the Qing Dynasty in 1644. At that time, smoking tobacco was forbidden but the use of snuff, which was sniffed, rather than smoked, was acceptable. This was because the Chinese valued snuff for its medicinal qualities. It was considered as an effective remedy for colds, headaches, and many other illnesses, the powdered tobacco was dispensed in a bottle, as were most other medicines in China.

Purchased, 1883.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
Medium:Cameo glass with brass, wood and ivory.
Material(s):Ivory
Place of Origin:China

Dimensions

Height:7.1 cm