Chinese Snuff Bottles – History

Chinese Snuff Bottles - History

Snuff bottles were first produced in the early part of the 18th century to contain powdered tobacco which was imported into China. Snuff bottles were made initially for the emperor and the court, but eventually they were produced for the general public. They measured between an inch and a half and up to three inches in height. Emperor Kangxi established a central glass workshop, with snuff bottles as one of its products.

V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Imperial Craft Baijiu
V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Imperial Craft Baijiu

During the Qing dynasty snuff bottles were produced in six regions Guangzhou, Beijing, Boshan, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning province and Tibet.

Snuff did not come into common usage until about the 17th century, by the 18th century the use of snuff had spread throughout the country and into every social class.

Tobacco had reached China towards the end of the 16th century. When in his reign emperor Chongzhen (1627 – 1644) issued a national ban on tobacco and stipulated that any tobacco addicts be executed.

Then in the reign of emperor Kangxi (1661- 1722) he expanded the death penalty to those who possessed tobacco, but snuff was allowed because the Chinese considered it to be a remedy for illnesses such as the common cold, headaches and stomach disorders. So snuff was carried in small bottles, just like any other medicines.

A Pinch

45ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
45ml of ginger ale
3 ice cubes

Put ice cubes into a  small tumbler and add V.I.P JIU 8, then add ginger ale, stir and enjoy.

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