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Snuff bottle

Small bottle often with an ivory spoon attatched to the inside part of the cork stopper. Often an intrinsic piece of miniature art, made of all kinds of materials where inside painted glass maybe is the most famous. When tobacco snuff was first brought to Asia, it was carried in wood and metal snuffboxes. Since those containers was unsuitable for snuff in the humid climate of the Southern China, it is thought that ordinary medicine containers were used for snuff. During the 18th century a special snuff bottle was developed utilizing luxurious materials, to satisfy the whims of the emperors and their court. See: Snuff.

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