Ivory opium pipe with ornate metal mount, Chinese.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Ivory opium pipe with ornate metal mount, Chinese.

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Description

Opium is the dried extract from the unripe seed capsules of the opium poppy, which contains several narcotic alkaloids including morphine. It was used by many ancient cultures such as the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to relieve pain, induce sleep and promote the psychological effects of peace and well-being.
 

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