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Question About Possible Snuff Bottle Pouch

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« on: December 22, 2019, 04:28:56 am »

Dear Tom,

     Now, I'm more confused.
     I remembered you stating that you were told while in Mongolia, that snuff bottles with Turquoise & Coral inset in silver, were Tibetan, not Mongolian, according to your Mongolian contact.
     But I don't remember you stating that such work WAS considered Mongolian in the 18th & 19th C., based on artifacts in the Mongolian museum.
So are you saying that they could be Tibetan and/or Mongolian, if from the 18th or 19th C.?
     And I know Bukharan Jewish and non-Jewish jewelry inset with Turquoises and Corals. Could these snuff bottles actually be coming down the Silk Road from farther West?
    I thought the snuff bottle and leather carrying case [pouch?], might have been suspended from a toggle, like a Japanese Netsuke.

    In Arts of Asia, I once read a story about a Netsuke collector from the UK, who, in the early 1970s, traveled in Afghanistan. He asked around for anyone with 'Japanese ivories', and met a serious local man, with an amazing collection.

   Having only a relatively small sum at hand, he bought them for well below their real value, and lied to the owner, re.their actual value.
He had to wait for a bus out, and fell asleep. He awoke to discover that the netsuke had been stolen out of his bag.

   Personally, I wondered why he was not honest, and figured out a way to pay fair value. From the story, it seems obvious that the Afghani was an honourable man, and if offered a fair price, would have made sure the pieces
were not stolen back.

    I recount this, to suggest that if Japanese Netsuke were available in Afghanistan, they or Chinese toggles [fulfilling the same purpose], should have been available to Mongolians, etc.
Merry Christmas [2 more shopping days! Grin]
 & Happy Hanuka [tonight till the 30th],

   I recount
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