On offer is this really beautiful Carved Red Coral Snuff Bottle with a Red Coral Stopper that has an attached brass metal spatula. It measures almost 3 inches in height x 1.25 inches wide and weighs 44 grams. The Red Coral is highly polished so it gleams and has natural growth striations and inclusions as is normal in genuine coral attesting to it's authenticity. The Coral stopper fits into the bottle tightly. In very fine condition with no damage or repairs. All photo's were taken in daylight so you can see the magnificent bright red color of the coral. A beautiful bottle that would make a fine addition to your collection since there is a world wide moratorium on harvesting the precious coral commodity which increases in value each year.
Snuff bottles were used by the Chinese during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. Tobacco was introduced to the court at Beijing some time during the mid- to late-16th century. It was originally smoked in pipes before the establishment of the Qing Dynasty. The use of snuff and snuff bottles spread through the upper class, and by the end of the 17th century it had become a part of social ritual to use snuff. This lasted through most of the 18th century. Eventually, the trend spread into the rest of the country and into every social class. It was common to offer a pinch of snuff as a way to greet friends and relatives. Snuff bottles soon became an object of beauty and a way to represent status. The highest status went to whoever had the rarest and finest snuff bottle. The peak of snuff bottle manufacture was during the 18th century. The use of snuff increased and decreased with the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty and died away soon after the establishment of the Republic of China.
Carved Red Coral Snuff Bottle Red Coral Stopper