Tibetan (katmandu?) ivory and inlaid metal 'snuff' container (?)

Feb 10, 2019. 00:00 UTC
Tibetan (katmandu?) ivory and inlaid metal 'snuff' container (?) Item images 2f1549757251397 7jvf0oajda 7b2c76c5850041bbcec17a32060c71d6 2fdsc 0530 Item images 2f1549757251415 yxtwe7ynze 7b2c76c5850041bbcec17a32060c71d6 2fdsc 0534 Item images 2f1549757251405 ttbrx2bba4 7b2c76c5850041bbcec17a32060c71d6 2fdsc 0531 Item images 2f1549756843669 hq69gtpl20k 7b2c76c5850041bbcec17a32060c71d6 2fdsc 0533
David
United States of America

Category
Fine art

Acquired from
Inherited

Seller's estimate
$0

For sale
Maybe
Description

Ivory with inlaid metals and incised decoration, handled 'spoon' that is removable. c. 3-3/4" h. x 1-1/4" w. x 1' d.

Provenance

Inherited from Harry Bober (my father, a noted art historian) in 1988, he aquired it as a gift from a colleague, Lawrence Majewski, at NYU's IFA in the early 1980's

Expert appraisals:
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$20 - $40 (United States Dollar)
Answered within about 7 hours
Feb 10, 06:54 UTC
By Simon

Tibetan or Nepalese Yak bone ( i do not think this is Ivory ) snuff bottle with inlay of metal and glass or other colorful material ( amber like material ). Date-wise; mid 20th century. The small metal rings are attached for small metal chains, one for decorative purposes and the other one for securing the spoon to the bottle so it wouldn't get lost. These snuff bottles are made for tourist and are also sold in China in quite large amounts. These snuff bottles are made for tourist from early 20th century onwards and are mainly lovely souvenirs although some are really ben used by Locals I'm sure.

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