Ivory snuff bottle

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Postcard of Ivory snuff bottle.
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Ivory snuff bottle

Snuff - the powdered form of tobacco - was kept in a small bottle. This is a fine ivory snuff bottle of cylindrical form.

Carved around the sides in relief are the Eight Immortals. There is a spoon fixed to the stopper, and after snuffing, it was returned to the flask.

Snuff taking was considered to be medicinal and health-giving. It gained both court and popular acceptance in Qing China. Snuffing was extremely popular in the court of the Kangxi emperor. It later spread to the south to become a nationwide habit.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-451-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1967.449
Date: 19th century
19th century AD
Material: Ivory
Dimensions: 82 mm H x 45 mm W x 35 mm D
What: Snuff bottle
Subject: Snuff bottles
Who: Eight Taoist Immortals
Where: China
Description: Snuff bottle of ivory, carved in fine relief with scenes of the Eight Taoist Immortals: China, 19th century AD
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