AUD $120.00

Uzbek Gourd Snuff Bottle

Smallish tobacco snuff bottle, using a plain dark gourd, with Buhkaran Nielloed floral detail darkened onto the Silver cap.
Sculpted silver screw lid.
Lovely dark patina of age, don’t overpolish silver, sometimes you can damage nielloed silver.
It appears cap has been reattached/glued at some point, but it doesn’t affect overall appeal.
(You also see these gourds used as the water bowl in small hand held 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, light and sculptural, very comforting in the hand.
Note for collectors, they have that special advantage, “they don’t take up much space!”

Also, so far I haven’t seen any two the same!

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 20th century.

Size: L 110 mm x W 45 mm

Weight: 52 grams.