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Chinese 19th century opium pipe

£ 500

Category
Period
Reference
6061
Framed Height
35 cm (13 3/4")
Chinese 19th century opium pipe Made from Wood as the main part of the Pipe with metal mounts and a stained bone hexagonal bowl
The pipe is modelled as a fist holding the bowl.The fist and pipe was meant to resemble the arm of the Tang Dynasty general Li Yuanba, who was also the son of the founder of the Tang Dynasty.
It is said that the General wielded a melon shaped hammer and was invincible in battle with the hammer. But he died because of an argument with his brother when Li Yuanba became so angry he threw the hammer into the air and it landed on his head and killed him
Framed Height
35 cm (13 3/4")
Year
c 1840
Medium
Wood, bone and metal
Country
China
Provenance
private collection
Condition
very good