Glass snuffbottle

Ma Shoxuandated 1903 AD

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum

This 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.

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  • Title: Glass snuffbottle
  • Creator: Ma Shoxuan
  • Date: dated 1903 AD
  • Location: China
  • Physical Dimensions: w3 x h6 cm
  • Provenance: Gift of Miss Violet Stewart
  • Type: Snuffbottle
  • Rights: Royal Ontario Museum
  • Medium: Mould-blown glass
  • Time period: Qing Dynasty
  • Accession Number: 975.206.3

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