The Dragon protects the contents of the bottle and adds strength to whatever is inside! Dragons bring male vigour,fertility,and represent the emperor. Note the bone spoon.
This unusual bottle has a dragon cut out of each side. The dragon is a symbol of the emperor, of the "yang" male energy. Positive feng shui. Although moulded, this bottle has a wealth of detail and a real-bone spoon.
A Dragon is the symbol of strength, goodness, and fertility.
Beginning the Qing Dynasty (mid-1600's), tobacco reached China from the Americas via Japan. It was ground to a fine powder, with herbs and oils added. The Chinese used their traditional medicine bottles for storage, rather than wooden snuff boxes. For the next 100 years the habit of taking snuff retained within the Royal Palaces, until the mid-1800's when it spread over the whole of China.
Beautiful bottles were made from ceramic, glass, enamel, ivory, and agate. Metal ones in Tibet. They were carved, painted, and overlaid, with inside painted bottles appearing around 1850. However, cigarettes then began to replace snuff. Resulting in snuff bottles designed to collect.
Size 3 inches