A Chinese Qing dynasty period 19th century cinnabar and black lacquer rectangular shaped leather pillow from an antique opium bed, with hand painted calligraphy motifs. Created in China during the Qing dynasty in the 19th century, this leather pillow features a cinnabar lacquer contrasting beautifully with black accents. Showcasing a rectangular shape on which the opium smoker would lay his or her head, the pillow is adorned with hand-painted calligraphy on each side, standing out on a black frame. The history of opium dens started some 300 years ago and is rooted in the trade relations between England and China.
Opium dens in the 19th century catered to all layers of society, but differed in furnishings and attendants. Rich customers would lay on a bed and rest their head on opium pillows made either of wood, leather or porcelain. After a little while, the pillow would feel like a cloud. With its great colors and undeniable history, this Chinese Qing Dynasty period red lacquer leather opium pillow will make for a great decorative addition to any living room or bedroom!
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