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« on: December 22, 2019, 10:09:52 am »

Dear Joey,

That's a story with a moral! As we'd say in England, he got his just desserts. Do you think the Afghani collector stole them back, or a third party made off with them? If the latter, I wonder if fate caught up with him too.

Coming back to the snuff bottle in George's photo, I only formulated the 'hypothesis' as I was writing my post today. Just to make myself clear, I did NOT see any inlaid silver snuff bottles at the museum, only other personal accoutrements with this kind of embellishment.

But I take your point - I'm sure there was a thriving trade along the old Silk Road, as well as other less well-known north-south routes. For instance, I remember reading an account of a 19th century traveller to Tibet.** The author noted that the Tibetans had a fondness for smoking, and that tobacco and snuff were sourced in Darjeeling, and openly traded along the passes into Tibet, all the way up to the edge of Mongolia. 
[** The Unveiling of Lhasa, by Edmund Candler]

Happy Hanuka!
Tom
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