Beautiful vintage Chinese interior-painted crystal snuff bottle. Decorated with hand painted images of wild Asian birds. The bottle come with a silk interior box.
The bottle is 8,5 cm high with 6 cm of diameter.
The silk box is 7,5 cm high, 9,5 cm long and 7 cm large.
Snuff bottles were used during the Qing Dynasty to contain powdered tobacco. Smoking tobacco was illegal during the Qing Dynasty, but the use of snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered snuff to be a remedy for common illnesses such as cold, headaches and stomach disorders. Therefore, snuff was carried in a small bottle like other medicines. The snuff bottle replaced the snuff box used by Europeans.