Ceramics - Opium Pillow

Opium Pillow

Ref: AR23056

Regular price £125.00

Original 19th-century Chinese blue white porcelain opium den pillow with foo dogs decoration. The robust pillows could withstand thousands of uses. They had an in-built storage compartment, were easy to keep clean. Ideally suited for old-fashioned opium dens, where the smoker typically smoked opium while lying down. Wear to glaze through use by opium smokers.

Approx 15 x 13 x 6 cm

2 items, price is per item

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Opium pillows were used in opium dens in China in the 19th century. You put you money and valuables in the pillow through the hole, and would lay down to smoke  opium. By pushing the open end against the wall and laying your head on the pillow valuables were protected even when intoxicated.

The smokers claimed that the opium made the pillow feel as soft as a cloud and the warmth the opium brought would counteract the coolness of the porcelain.

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