The prototype of the snuff bottle in China
was the medicine bottle, such as this fine Qing dynasty porcelain
example. Approximately 150 years old with inscriptions that
refer to the most prosperous section of old Suzhou, the other
side with possibly the name of the medicine shop. The bottom
with wax seal of the Antiquities Administration attesting to
the age of the bottle. This bottle has an old cork stuck inside,
with traces of fragrant medicinal powder. For comparable examples
see Raymond Li's book "The Medicine - Snuff Bottle Connection."
Similar antique bottles often sell for many hundreds of dollars.