3rd Saturday Lecture The Hidden Chinese Art: Snuff Bottles

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Learn how and why powdered tobacco, or snuff, became a transnational craze that inspired the unique Chinese art form of crafting tiny bottles out of everything from jade to cloisonné. After Europeans discovered the New World, tobacco was one of many new commodities to find a global market, and it found a niche for itself within the system of Chinese medicine. As snuff grew in popularity from the imperial household to common merchants, ubiquitous snuff bottles became elaborate works of fashionable art. Made to fit in the palm of one’s hand, they were sculpted to produce a pleasing tactile sensation that would complement their ascetic appearance. Based on original research and the museum’s snuff bottle collection, this lecture explores the history of snuf and the techniques of carving, shaping, and painting bottles that are still in use today.

$5.00 - General Admission
Free - Students with ID, Members, Children under 12

RSVP to 619-338-9888 or info@sdchm.org.

Location:
Chuang Archive and Learning Center
541B Second Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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