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Snuff Bottles With Integrated Dishes

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« on: July 29, 2012, 07:58:35 pm »

After reading the Spring 2012 journal with an article titled, " New Perspectives On Snuff Bottles With Integral Dishes Part ll, this particular bottle described as glass ( although not so sure ) really caught my eye..
It was very disappointing to have been outbid the final moments of the auction.. Have had my eye out for a bottle like this since reading the article..

The article written by Ka Bo Tsang .

Talks about and gives several photo examples of bottles from many different material mediums that integrate concave and sometimes flat "dish" areas  that are believed to have been designed with the intent of laying snuff from the spoon into the dished area.
The steps would have been to dump the snuff from the spoon onto the concave dish and then the user would pick up a pinch between the fingers.

Apparently these unadorned panels on snuff bottles, be they flat, concave or convex, were meant to simulate mirrors. Since the mirror when used as a charm has been ubiquitous in Chinese culture.
So now, I will patiently wait for another to show up at auction some day !

Like I mentioned.. The concept can be found on many different material mediums..

Thought it best not to copy pics from the journal, but here are a couple metal examples to share from Bob Stevens book..

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