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Question About Possible Snuff Bottle Pouch

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« on: December 22, 2019, 03:13:08 pm »

Dear Tom,

     The writer seemed to think that the thief was in service to the seller.

     It is not important, in my opinion, whether there actual snuff bottles of this type to be seen there now; it suffices that there was work of this type available in Mongolia at that time.
Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanuka!

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]

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