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Question About Possible Snuff Bottle Pouch

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« on: December 21, 2019, 02:21:54 pm »

Dear Tom,

    I stand corrected. But I've seen Qing Dynasty Chinese Snuff Bottle pouches with that same decoration, and indeed, since the Qing were Manchus, and closely connected to other Nomadic peoples, such as the Mongols, it is not odd to see Mongolian design elements in Northern Chinese crafts.

   And also Tibetan, since the Qing, from the Qianlong Emperor at least, if not even further, with the Kangxi Emperor, were strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

    What I did not realise, though you wrote something to the effect, was that the second pouch, though done with what look like Chinese brocade, is actually copying an even older [in Mongolian context] pouch made as a rectangle, with the slit in the middle, and used as you described.
Thank you,

    Those are both interesting, the top one a traditional snuff  bottle pouch, and the second, a modern take on it.

Dear Joey,

A small correction:
     The first (top) pouch is of traditional Chinese style, with a Mongolian motif embroidered on it.
     The second one is a very traditional Mongolian carrying pouch. This type of pouch has been in use for many centuries, used for carrying all kinds of small precious items while riding on horseback, including snuff bottles. While the one in my photo is newly made, it follows the style of the old ones in every respect. I saw old ones for sale in Ulaanbaatar, but the asking prices were crazy.

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