Museum of East Asian Art - The Art of the Gift: Snuff Bottles at the Qing Court

08 June 2018


Public £6.00 Friends and Students £4.00

Permissions: Courtesy of Zhang Yanzi and Galerie Ora/Ora

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Nixa Cura

Snuff entered the Forbidden City in the 17th century as gifts from foreign missionaries and led to the development of the snuff bottle, a tobacco delivery system unique to China. This talk explores the technical and artistic challenges in making these clever miniature treasures in an infinite variety of media and designs, as well as their circulation within the rarefied social and political spaces at the heart of the empire.