Chinese tobacco pipe fitting

The history of smoking dates back to as early as 5000 BC in shamanistic rituals. Many ancient civilizations, such as the Chinese, burnt incense as a part of religious rituals, as the smoking of tobacco and various other hallucinogenic drugs was used to achieve trances and to come into contact with the spirit world. Recreational use of opium began in the fifteenth century but was limited by its rarity and expense. Opium trade became more regular by the seventeenth century, when it was mixed with tobacco for smoking, and addiction was first recognized. Opium prohibition in China began in 1729 yet was followed by nearly two centuries of increasing opium use.

This Chinese Boxwood Tobacco Pipe Fitting, carved from a single block of wood in the traditional cuboid Chinese design with geometrical embellishment designs and a traditional house as a finial on top, polished and stylized, and still well detailed.

Tobacco Pipe Fittings were used to hold the pipe, and thereby preventing the tobacco from spilling out, by inserting the pipe stem in the hole, in between smoking sessions or simply when the owner required the use of both hands for the task at hand.

Chinese Tobacco Pipe Fittings, apart from being items of aesthetic value and practical use, oftentimes directly reflected the taste and personality of the owner.

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