Opium-Pipe

Opium-Pipe

Object name: Opium-Pipe
Date: 1800-1850
Dimensions:
85 x 510 mm
Medium: Brass
Object number: C02112
DescriptionOpium pipe inscribed with four Chinese characters at the top. Opium was a drug commonly smoked in China before being brought to the west. In China the tradition permeated all levels of society with the richest haveing a special room in their house for smoking, and the poorest visiting opium dens. The pipes used to smoke the drug were designed to vaporise rather than burn it. The smoking of opium was eventually banned and much of the paraphernalia associated with it destroyed.