Chinese Opium Pipe SM.
Water pipe, for smoking opium or tobacco, made of stainless white metal alloy, Chinese, 1801-1830. Opium is an extremely powerful drug. Heated opium or tobacco was placed in the lidded well of this ornate water pipe and the fumes were inhaled through the pipe. It is made from stainless white metal alloy with enamelled flowers and foliage engraved onto it. Opium was medicinally used for pain relief and inducing sleep. However, many people have become addicted to it over the centuries.