Chinese and Japanese Asian Art by David Hawkes

A bidri chillum, India, 18th Century.

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: Item # 495809

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The Indian sadhu is a person who has renounced the world in favour of devotion. Amongst his few possessions you would find a chillum. The chillum is a straight pipe, most often made from clay, in which the sadhu smokes a mixture of tobacco and bhang (cannabis). A small stone is placed in the large opening to prevent the mixture from filling the narrow tube and a small piece of cloth is placed in the mouthpiece, much in the way a modern cigarette has a filter tip. It is at the very least 19th century.

This chillum is very old and has the appearance of ancient bronze though it is in fact made from the zinc alloy used in the manufacture of bidri ware.

4.5/8 inches (11.8 cm) long. Fine and undamaged.

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