Snuff Bottle and Stopper

Object Name: 
Snuff Bottle and Stopper

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Object Name: 
Snuff Bottle and Stopper
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 6.4 cm, W: 3.5 cm
Not on Display
about 1850-1920
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Marian Swayze Mayer
Web Description: 
The habit of taking snuff (inhaling powdered tobacco) spread to China from the West following the establishment of the Qing dynasty in 1644. While the smoking of tobacco was forbidden at that time, snuff was regarded as a remedy for a wide variety of diseases. Powdered tobacco and other Chinese medicines were dispensed in bottles rather than in boxes, as was customary in Europe. Snuff bottles were made of various materials, including hardstones, porcelain, ivory, and glass. The glass in many snuff bottles imitated semiprecious stones. Most of these bottles were oval with flattened sides, making them easy to carry. Small stoppers, often in contrasting colors, were attached to tiny spoons used for taking the snuff. The best bottles were carved, enameled, or painted on the inside with tiny landscapes, portraits, or inscriptions.
Mayer, Marian Swayze, Source
Primary Description: 
Opaque yellow and brown non-lead glass; blown, overlay, carved. (a) Flattened, long, ovoid form; brown overlay on yellow; disk- shaped rim with circular opening for a stopper; brown rim; the sides with finely cameo-carved scene of a man climbing up a tree, a ladder alongside, another man hands up a basket, while another rests alongside; on the opposite side, a fantastic tree with numerous animals in branches above; carved brown oval foot rim. (b) Domed amethyst (?) stone disk mounted on a tapered cork stopper, and orange-stained slender ivory spoon with oval spatulate bowl.
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982 through 1982
Glass Snuff Bottles of China at Steuben Glass
Steuben Glass, Inc. 1981-09-09 through 1981-10-03
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 26, 2nd from right; BIB# 134856
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 26, second from right; BIB# 134015
The Corning Museum of Glass, A Guide to the Collections (2001) (2001) illustrated, p. 98, second from right; BIB# 68214
Uncovering treasures in the Empire State (1999) p. 130, fig. 3; BIB# AI43699
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 13, #21, fourth from left; BIB# 35681
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 36-37, #30; BIB# 33211