Tangerine skin snuff bottle - ROM2005_3749_1

ROM2005_3749_1

Tangerine skin snuff bottle

Medium:Tangerine skin
Geography: China
Date: c. 1750-1900 AD
Dimensions:
6.4 x 6 cm
Object number: 922.20.660
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
Not on view
DescriptionThis small bottle was used for storing snuff, a finely ground tobacco inhaled through the nose. While there are accounts of smoking tobacco in China from the early 17th century, there is no official record of snuff until 1684, when it was among gifts presented to the Kangxi emperor by European missionaries. The habit of snuff taking immediately became popular at court and miniature decorative bottles were specially designed to hold small quantities. As the practice spread beyond the court, the demand for snuff bottles grew, fashioned from almost any material that could be formed in the shape of a bottle.
Collection:
China
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