The bottle is an oval flattened flask form with no stopper.
It is made of glass, transparent with a white tinge, suffused with bubbles, with an overlay of greyish-blue glass carved in relief.
The decoration depicts a medallion of two confronted dragons forming a stylized long character ('dragon'). The same design is carved on the reverse and there are masks and mock ring handles on the shoulders.
The foot has an indentation underneath.
Snuff is powdered tobacco, usually blended with aromatic herbs or spices. The habit of snuff-taking spread to China from the West during the 17th century and became established in the 18th century. People generally carried snuff in a small bottle. By the 20th century these bottles had become collectors' items, owing to the great variety of materials and decorative techniques used in their production.