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snuff-bottle

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.423

  • Description

    Porcelain snuff-bottle with ruby cover, and attached spoon. The snuff-bottle has a white body. There are two dragons on either side of the bottle, and roundels with diamonds in relief on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 millimetres
    • Width: 42 millimetres
    • Depth: 19 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A423

    Snuff bottle with two dragons


    Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as sniffing snuff (powdered tobacco flavoured with aromatic substances). By the reign of the emperor Kangxi (AD 1662–1722), taking snuff had become an imperial habit. Chinese craftsmen revelled in the production of miniature works of art and the tiny snuff-bottle form provided a means to demonstrate their skills.


    Porcelain with qingbai glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Location

    G95/case33/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.423

White porcelain Snuff-bottle with ruby cover that has spoon attached. Relief decoration of two dragon-like creatures on either side of bottle. Around base, relief decoration of roundels with diamonds inside.

White porcelain Snuff-bottle with ruby cover that has spoon attached. Relief decoration of two dragon-like creatures on either side of bottle. Around base, relief decoration of roundels with diamonds inside.

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