AUD $68.00

Uzbek, Gourd Snuff Bottle.

Simple tobacco snuff bottle, from Uzbekistan.
Made using a plain, plump golden gourd, totally unadorned.
Closed only with a wound, knotted plug of roughly handspun coloured cottons.
On gently twisting this plug out a fine golden powder, like borer dust, fell out. I’ve noticed it in others, all of them undamaged, so I assume this if the offending powder itself.

This glowing simplicity has a rustic feel, no need for the additional detail of a silver fitting.
In Uzbekistan these gourds are wide spread, this particular type being grown specifically for Snuff Bottles.
They are especially grown, I believe, around Samarkand.

There are all sorts of folklore surrounding the “bottle gourd”, and these very practical gourds, are used in many forms, including instruments, bowls, spoons and ladles. (You also see them used as the water bowl in small hand held Turkoman and Uzbek water pipes.)

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.

We may still have a few similar pieces to see them just search for "snuff bottle" on this site.

Age: Early 20th century.

Size: L 94 mm x W 46 mm.

Weight: 18 grams.