Double Gourd Walnut Shell Snuff Bottle

c. 1900
$780 USD
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Dimensions
H: 2.75" Dia: 1.5"
Materials
Walnut
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Collection #
CHIW006
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$38

A mixture of finely powdered tobacco, herbs, and spices, snuff was introduced to China in the 17th century by Western diplomats. Initially reserved for ranking members of Qing-dynasty society, the practice of indulging in snuff provided an opportunity to display one's refined aesthetic through collectible snuff containers. This early 20th-century snuff bottle is made of a walnut shell shaped into a double gourd form, an ancient emblem of health and longevity because doctors traditionally used these natural vessels to carry medicine. Gourds are believed to absorb negative, earth-based energy that might adversely impact good health. The bottle is decorated in low relief with fishing pavilions and lotus blossoms above and fish amidst waves below.

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