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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: glass, gold paint
Dimensions: height: 14 cm, width: 10.5 cm, thickness: 7.3 cm

Each glass bottle has a wide belly and a thin neck. Its shoulders are decorated with gold European style floral motifs. The bottles contain finely grained high-quality snuff.
  Snuff was introduced to China in the late Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing dynasty. Snuffing became a high fashion in the Qing dynasty. The European snuff was partly send to the Qing imperial family via customs officials in Guangdong Province, and partly taken by Western missionaries to the capital city Beijing to directly present to the emperor. These two bottles of snuff were tribute from Guangdong officials.

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