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Peking Glass Snuff Bottle with Jade stone lid - ES.8471
Origin: China
Circa: 1736 AD to 1796 BC
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 2.2" (5.6cm) wide

Location: Great Britain
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A beautiful Qianlong period Peking Glass Snuff Bottle with Jade stone lid.

The story of Chinese snuff bottles stems from a curious and interesting cultural development that occurred during the last years of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368-1644). In 1639, Emperor Chongzhen (who reigned as the 17th and last Ming Emperor from 1627 to 1644) issued a national ban against smoking tobacco and stipulated that tobacco addicts faced death penalty. In 1673, Qing Dynasty Emperor Kangxi expanded the death penalty even to those who simply possessed smoking tobacco.

Curiously enough, possession and use of snuff (powdered tobacco, sometimes mixed with herbs and spices) was considered exempt from these prohibitions, as the Chinese considered snuff to be a medicine rather than an addictive substance, a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach upsets. Snuff became immensely popular and was carried around (much like other medicines) in a small bottle. The stopper usually had a very small spoon attached for handily extracting a dose of snuff for inhalation. - (ES.8471)


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