The bottle is a flattened wide bulbous form with short flared neck and no stopper.
It is made of chalcedony, yellowish-grey, with carved decoration.
The decoration depicts a pine tree and bamboo, enclosed in an ogee-shaped panel. On the reverse there is a pine tree and a pavilion enclosed in a similar panel.
The low foot is solid underneath.
The enclosure of the decoration in a ogee-shaped panel and the shape of the bottle suggest that it was made during the Daoguang period (1821-50) or slightly later.
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.