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Rare double construction QING erotic Opium Box

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1154210

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A unique alloy metal QING Opium Box. The box is of double construction, the outside one sliding off to reveal the hidden inside container with an erotic scene. Excellent craftsmanship with a lion protruding at the top through an exact cutout when the 2 boxes are closed/together. Good condition. Obviously a rare collector's piece! 19th Century, China.