OPIUM WATER PIPES FROM CHINA

These handmade opium water pipes were made in the 19th and early 20th century in China. Opium was medicinally used for pain relief and inducing sleep, once Arab traders brought it from the Middle East to Asia in the 7th century. In the 1800s - 1900s, the opium water pipes were often used by blue-collar workers, the ones that worked hard labor, to relieve their body from the daily pain.

The opium water pipes come in many shapes and are made of various materials such as porcelain, ceramic or bones. In most cases, they are decorated with fascinating hand-painted designs or calligraphy that circles the entire piece. It has metal braces around the chamber and sometimes a charming handle for carrying.

At the top of the pipe, there lies a centre cone where the opium is placed as well as a smaller adjacent hole where a thin long metal stem would be inserted for inhaling the burning opium. The chamber would be partially filled with water to cool the smoke before it was inhaled.

Nowadays, opium water pipes are considered an artistic item and only used for decoration purposes. 

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  • Orange Jar
    Orange Jar

    This Chinese opium water pipe is uniquely shaped in the form of a jar and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The entire body is hand-painted with deep orange and bright green florals. It comes with metal braces, a charming…

    € 75,00
  • Raise the Red Lantern
    Raise the Red Lantern

    This bright red Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of ceramics. The entire body is hand-painted with florals. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long metal stem, which was used to inhale…

    € 110,00
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    Black Beauty
    Black Beauty

    This black Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of clay. The entire body is hand-painted with white dots where animals of the Chinese horoscope are depicted. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a…

    € 80,00 € 50,00
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    Hong Bull
    Hong Bull

    This Chinese opium water pipe is uniquely shaped in a hexagon and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The body is hand-painted with beautiful deep red, grey and black Chinese calligraphy and bulls. It comes with metal braces, a…

    € 130,00 € 80,00
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    Chocolate Understands
    Chocolate Understands

    This tiny Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of brown ceramics. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long metal stem, which was used to inhale the smoke.

    Measurements:

    - height of 8 cm
    -…

    € 65,00 € 35,00
  • Firefly
    Firefly

    This Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The entire body is hand-painted with deep orange, bright green and a hint of yellow florals. It comes with metal braces, a charming…

    € 80,00
  • Rose Apple
    Rose Apple

    This Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of pink ceramics with crackle effect. The shape is made of six curved wedges. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long metal stem, which was used to…

    € 90,00
  • -50%

    Garlic Monk
    Garlic Monk

    This Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of bones. The body is hand-painted with beautiful Chinese calligraphy and figures like monks and dragons. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long…

    € 100,00 € 50,00
  • -46%

    Rose Bud
    Rose Bud

    This tiny Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of pink ceramics with crackle effect. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long metal stem, which was used to inhale the…

    € 65,00 € 35,00
  • -50%

    Blue Dragonfly
    Blue Dragonfly

    This Chinese opium water pipe is uniquely shaped and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The body is hand-painted with a faded blue Chinese dragonfly and beautiful florals. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a…

    € 90,00 € 45,00
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    Wild Horses
    Wild Horses

    This Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The body is hand-painted with beautiful bright red, yellow and black Chinese calligraphy and horses. It comes with metal braces, a…

    € 100,00 € 50,00
  • -50%

    Pink Melon
    Pink Melon

    This Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of pink ceramics with crackle effect. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long metal stem, which was used to inhale the smoke.

    Measurements:

    -…

    € 100,00 € 50,00
  • -45%

    Pumpkin Jar
    Pumpkin Jar

    This Chinese opium water pipe is uniquely shaped in the form of a pumpkin and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The entire body is hand-painted with deep orange, a hint of yellow and bright green florals. It comes with metal…

    € 110,00 € 60,00
  • -50%

    Ying Yang
    Ying Yang

    This black Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of clay. The entire body is hand-painted with white dots where animals of the Chinese horoscope are depicted. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a…

    € 90,00 € 45,00
  • -50%

    Rain Drop
    Rain Drop

    This tiny Chinese opium water pipe is uniquely shaped in the form of a drop and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The entire body is hand-painted with deep orange and bright green florals. It comes with metal braces, a…

    € 70,00 € 35,00
  • -50%

    The Wise Monk
    The Wise Monk

    This Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of bones. The body is hand-painted with beautiful Chinese calligraphy and monks. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long metal stem, which was used…

    € 70,00 € 35,00
  • -44%

    Fisherman
    Fisherman

    This Chinese opium water pipe is uniquely shaped and made of ceramics with crackle effect. The body is hand-painted with a faded blue Chinese fisherman, florals and calligraphy. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a…

    € 90,00 € 50,00
  • -50%

    Garden of Eden
    Garden of Eden

    This forest green Chinese opium water pipe is unique in its kind and made of ceramics. The entire body is hand-painted with florals and Chinese calligraphy. It comes with metal braces, a charming handle and a thin long metal stem,…

    € 110,00 € 55,00
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