Pipe, Opium

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Collection Beatrice Holt Collection
Date 1970 ca.
Description Metal and ceramic opium pipe. The body of the pipe which is narrow and oval in shape is designed with a black ceramic background and an inlaid design of pink, white and red flowers with green leaves. The pipe has a long narrow neck that is curved near the top. There are five holes that lead into the body of the pipe. One is the mouth piece, two others are for storing tongs, one has a metal flap that can be opened and which leads to a storage area of the opium, and the last is the area from which the opium would be lit. It appears that the oval body is divided into three sections. One section is the pipe area, one is the storage area, and in the middle is a spot to keep tongs. There is a cut-out of Chinese characters on a string that connects the stem to the base meaning "like" or "new." See objects 1982.18 b and 1982.18 c for the removable parts of the pipe.
Dimensions H-17 W-4.8 cm
Category 3: Personal Artifacts
Object ID 1982.0018 a
Object Name Pipe, Opium
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