H120xW90mm, China

Snuff bottle is very popular in Qing Dynasty China, tobacco was introduced to China in the 16th century  smoking however is banned.  The use of snuff (powdered tobacco) is believed to have medicinal effect and therefore allowed, it quickly spread amongst the upper class and became a social ritual.  The container became more refined in terms of craftsmanship and the use material showing off the status of its owner.  This bottle is a red  overlay on transparent glass ground carved to illustrate bats (blessing).

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