The workmanship this antique Indian silver and lapis snuff bottle is very detailed. The lapis is inlaid in the silver. The bottle comes with the original stopper which is also inlaid with lapis. The design is the same on both sides of the bottle. The bottle is 2 1/8” tall and 1 1/4” wide. It is in perfect condition with all of the original inlaid stones.
Snuff bottles were originally used during the Qing Dynasty in Chinto carry powder tobacco as smoking was illegal during that time. Snuff was considered a medicine and a treatment for all kinds of ailments including colds, stomach aches and headaches. Once smoking was legal the prized possessions became collector’s items. As travel became more common snuff bottles started to appear throughout the Asian continent.
Lapis has areas of gold of pyrite or white of calcite in the gemstone. Lapis has been used in jewelry for over 6000 years. It was a favorite stone used by the ancient Egyptians in their jewelry. For hundreds of years it has been ground into a powder to make the artists’ pigment ultramarine blue. It has been called the "sapphire" in Roman times and has been a favorite stone because of its beautiful blue color. The stone is becoming increasingly rare with its price rises steadily. It now costs more than gold and is the only opaque stone, apart from turquoise, sold by the carat. Lapis can have areas of gold of pyrite or white of calcite in the gemstone. The finest quality comes from Afghanistan, with other varieties coming from Russia and China.
Antique Indian Silver and Lapis Lazuli Snuff Bottle
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