Eighteen Luohan Walnut Shell Snuff Bottle

c. 1900
$680 USD
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Dimensions
W: 1.75" D: 1.5" H: 2.25"
Materials
Walnut
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CHIW005
Estimated Shipping
$25

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 bottles. This early 20th-century snuff bottle is made of a polished walnut shell, lightly carved with eighteen luohan figures. The eighteen luohan are the personal disciples of Buddha and the guardians of Buddhist adherents. This petite snuff bottle is a fantastic example of Chinese walnut carving and has been fitted with a simple dark stopper holding a bone snuff spoon.

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