Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong mark and period (1736–95)
Painted enamel on copper
H. 2 1/8 in (5.4 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm);
Base: H. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm); Diam. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm); D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Not on view
Jesuit missionaries brought snuff, or powdered tobacco, to China in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century. Its use spread quickly, leading to a need for small containers to hold it. Snuff bottles were produced in large numbers and in an astonishing variety of media during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Not all of the snuff bottles were functional. Many were collected for their exoticism, as the eighteenth century was a time of fascination with foreign, especially Western, taste.
Marking: Qianlong mark
Edmund Cogswell Converse , Greenwich CT (until d. 1921) bequeathed to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court," August 25, 2007–November 25, 2007.
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Small Delights: Chinese Snuff Bottles," July 19, 2013–February 17, 2014.