Huhur (a kind of Snuff Bottle)

Last updated by drwi at 2014/5/14

Huhur is the Mongolian herdsman’s equivalent of a snuff box. It is a bottle for carrying snuff in, which is usually stuck into a belt, or sash, at the herdsman's waist, or hung onto a special hook on the belt/ sash. Huhur, or snuff, is used to quicken oneself when one is feeling tired. It is also believed to alleviate a stuffy nose. It is also widely used as an ice-breaker when encountering a stranger – common courtesy requires that one always offers a stranger one's huhur.

The snuff bottle comes in a variety of materials with varying levels of workmanship, from cheap, mass-produced examples to exquisitely crafted special works of art. The cheapest can be in the form of a wine pouch, but made of imitation leather, while the most expensive may be in the form of a flask, and may be made of silver, jade, or – preferrably – a combination of the two, and adorned with highly intricate – and expensive – artwork. They can of course be made of a number of other materials, from high quality leather to bone to crystal to just about anything that is available. Huhur come in an endless variety of shapes, limited only by the maker's imagination and the user's requirements for practicality, or lack thereof – while a herdsman requires portability and flexibility, a CEO requires mainly a status symbol.

 

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