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Lot 0087
**Originally Listed At $150**

East Asia, China, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. A fantastic ceramic and bronze pot used to smoke opium, composed of a cylindrical bowl with a flat base, a long, curved, bronze inhalation tube, and a bronze rim that seals the top of the bowl and has a conical stem. The stem would be heated in a fire and inserted into the top of the wooden bowl; opium tar in the bowl would then smoke, allowing the user to inhale it through the tube. The ceramic exterior is decorated with blue characters on its sides and on the underside of its base. Size: 2.5" W x 12.4" H (6.4 cm x 31.5 cm)

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000

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Nice craquelure and patina on surface. Presumably functional.

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19th C. Chinese Ceramic / Metal Opium Pipe

Estimate $250 - $375Jul 30, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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