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Snuff Box in Shape of a Moor's Head Snuff Box

This is a snuff box. It is dated mid-18th century and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is amethyst, gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, turquoise, moonstone, platinum. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Snuff is smokeless tobacco made from finely ground leaves meant to be inhaled into the nasal cavity. Associated with the frivolity of the rococo era, snuff boxes typically came in two sizes, for pocket and for presentation. Tightly sealed to ensure that air did not penetrate the box, snuff boxes ranged from lavish materials for the rich to later simpler examples after increased accessibility of tobacco broadened snuff use. European taste for Turkish and Moorish fashion, visible in this snuff box, appeared as part of the exoticism of the mid-18th century.

This object was donated by Anonymous. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 6.4 x 5.7 x 6.4 cm (2 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Snuff Box in Shape of a Moor's Head Snuff Box; Previously owned by James A. Garland ; France; amethyst, gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, turquoise, moonstone, platinum; H x W x D: 6.4 x 5.7 x 6.4 cm (2 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1967-48-19

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

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