AUD $180.00

Turkoman Gourd Snuff Bottle

Turkoman Snuff Bottle. Gourd with centre band and vertical alloy straps from base, that uniquely allows it to stand, could be either silver or lightly gilt silver, as the metal surface all has a “golden” patina.
With a panelled cap, featuring a faceted dark green glass, clawed into the lid.
Lovely rich dark Patina.
You also see these gourds used as the water bowl in small Turkoman and Uzbek water pipes.

There are all sorts of folklore surrounding the “bottle gourd”, these very practical gourds, are used in many forms, including instruments, bowls, spoons and ladles.

As more good examples become available, we’ll post them, as I feel there is a perfect affordable collectable, to be had in these Gourd Snuff Bottles.

We had more written up, but they’ve sold before the website got up, (hmmm.)
They are really lovely to handle, very tactile and comforting in the hand.

Interesting to read that snuff (like coffee) was originally frowned on for it’s ecstatic qualities.
Pope Urban VIII, threatened to excommunicate Snuff takers, because he felt that induced sneezing was too close to sexual orgasm to be tolerated.
Our “Bless You” following a sneeze is said to be “Plague” related, but also stops the Devil taking us during the moment of death, as the heart skips a beat when we sneeze.

Age: Early/mid 20th century.

Size: L 130mm x W 45mm

Weight: 54 grams