Artifacts and decorations from different eras sometimes stand the test of time and are in turn transformed into various uses in today’s society.
One such special item is the Chinese “inside-painted snuff bottles.”
The traditional Chinese art form can be traced throughout its nearly 200-year history and was originally used during the Qing dynasty to carry powdered tobacco.
The tiny, crystal bottles are around the size of a chicken egg with a tiny neck and a small cap at the top.
They are usually decorated with natural-scenic-like drawings including mountains, rivers, birds, flowers or fish, and insects.
The bottles are painted on the inside with a special pen that stretches into it, and artists have to paint in reverse in small delicate strokes to complete the artwork.
It can take years of practice for the artist to master this type of drawing.
A small bottle can easily take a day to complete.
Nowadays, spices have replaced the snuff and the bottles are mostly kept purely for their artistic precision.