Coral snuff bottle
Corals are marine life animals that belong to the phylum class of aquatic animals. They are known to be of importance in their development or building of the coral reefs in the coastline of many oceans and seas and even in lakes. The types of corals that build the coral reefs as well as the snuff bottle are the stony type of the corals. They are characterized by their exceptionally hard shells which when dried and assembled can produce materials as ornaments, carvings and as well as snuff bottles during the ancient times. Nowadays the stony–like corals have become antiques in museums like the snuff bottles which have been viewed like antis by many societies across the globe. The other type of corals is the softy like shelled corals that are algae like structures in their exoskeleton. Many marine friendly conservatives have established that the stony corals have managed to help in the development of coastlines which has facilitated many aspects towards achieving the conservation of its habitants and neighbors. The many applications for the hard stony shelled corals have enabled antique developers to create museums in which antiques that have been developed to be displayed like the snuff bottles.
The snuff bottle was founded by the Qing dynasty during the 18th century, AD; they liked the calcium deposits in the corals shells which are deposited as coral reefs in their coastline. The coral snuff bottle is liked because of it qualities like the permeability of its skin and its versatile shiny surface. The coral snuff bottle has a very high degree of hardness like the reefs themselves, due to their initial quality which cannot be changed although modification can be achieved through shape redesign. The snuff bottle has a versatile recollection of color which is liked by the many Chinese traditionalists hence the desire to develop such bottle with the essence of making it a wine holding container for the nobles.
The snuff bottle in other words can be considered as a symbol of prolific-ness in a society especially in the original group of the Daoists in the Chinese society in the traditional eras. In a traditional setting as that of the Chinese people, a leader in every Daoism group is identified by the type of the snuff bottle or in this example gourd he or she carried. The religion of the people in their society had to be associated with that of the gourds their immortals carried. Therefore the coral snuff bottle has inquisitive meaning towards the Chinese philosophy. Hence the importance of the snuff bottle can be only associated with its contents form. The periods of the immortals in the Chinese emphasize the association in the development of the bottle for special purpose like in serving the religious leaders in the society as well as in other ceremonies during special meetings and events. Times like the 18th century symbols were held in symbolic beliefs of their importance in the development of personal and brotherhood of sisterhood in the Taiwanese and Chinese societies. The coral snuff bottle in the ancient times held meaning of preservation among people in a society and nation.
As a sign of symbolic beliefs in the traditional societies, the coral snuff bottle has symbols designs carved around its skin. The bat symbol which many have associated with evil in the modern world, it meant that is a symbol of goodness in the society. Many have always used the snuff bottle with the purpose for spreading hope in the society. Defining its brittleness is the manner of respect towards their leaders. The snuff bottle in the old cultural practices was common in the Taiwanese and Chinese societies for the last 400 years. The craftsmanship involved in the development of the bottle showed the respect of the craftsman’s and his meaning towards the development of the bottle for royals in the Chinese society. Snuff bottle with its pink top has been held in antiques in the modern world hence it is rare in the periods of using champagne bottle in the essence of showing class and respect.