Double Gourd Snuff Bottle

c. 1900
$380 USD
Make an Offer
H: 3.75" Dia: 1.25"
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
Estimated Shipping

A mixture of finely powdered tobacco, herbs, and spices, snuff was introduced to China in the 17th century by Western diplomats. Initially reserved for ranking members of Qing-dynasty society, the practice of indulging in snuff provided an opportunity to display one's refined aesthetic through collectible snuff containers.

This curious snuff bottle is carved from horn and bone to a double gourd shape, an ancient emblem of health and longevity. The traditional form emulates the shape of calabashes, or bottle gourds, and is associated with good health because traveling doctors used such gourds as natural vessels to carry medicine. The exterior is decorated with delicate etchings of a pondering scholars amid nature.

Questions? Ask us

What They're Saying

Portrait goldman
Andrea Goldman | Andrea Goldman Design

“Over the years, I’ve incorporated many pieces from PAGODA RED into my designs. Not only can they balance new furnishings (and often new construction) by feeling more established, but the pieces emanate a sense of rich history, often leaving you wondering where they were in a previous life. These beautiful pieces carefully hand-selected by the team at PAGODA RED, coupled with their unbelievable customer service, make them a must-have for any home.”

Receive our weekly email on design &
creating memorable spaces