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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Agate Snuff Bottle

From Wikipedia:
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. The snuff bottle is comparable to the snuff box used by Europeans.

Here I have a snuff bottle in my collection carved entirely of Red Agate:

Feast your eyes...

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