Carved Jade Snuff Bottle, China, 19th Century.
Carved greenish jade. With a matching red color hardstone stopper, metal spoon. Of flattened oval form, cylindrical neck. Front is adorned with a carving of a boy praying by trees. Plain verso. Polished exterior.
Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese population during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The snuff bottle is comparable to the snuff box used by Europeans.Snuff bottles were made out of many different materials including porcelain, jade, ivory, wood, tortoiseshell, metal and ceramic, though probably the most common used material was glass.
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