Ivory Eggplant Snuff Bottle

c. 1850
$435 $580 USD
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W: 0.75" D: 0.5" H: 2.25"
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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 provided an opportunity to display one's refined aesthetic through collectible snuff bottles.

Reminiscent of a Japanese netsuke, this petite snuff bottle is hand-carved of ivory in the shape of an eggplant or aubergine. Full of character, the tiny bottle is comprised of a pear-shaped body and a screw top that has been carved and stained to resemble a leafy stem. Because of the stem's resemblance to an official's hat, the eggplant is associated with success and prosperity, making this a fitting gift for the high achiever in your life.

Original snuff spoon has been lost.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

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