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Perhaps the small hole would hold sticks of incense?
That could be the case. I explore that further. Thanks!
It's a hand-carved Chinese Opium pipe from the mid to late 1800s. One sold (link) for $88.00 which I feel was way below value. Link tells how it works.
Thanks again Tom. I spent a lot of time on eBay and on Goggle but ID eluded me. Thanks again.
I would go with incense burner . Do not see how anything could fit inside to smoke out of it.
Fred, Opium was a gooey liquid, came in tiny glass bottles (I have 3 of them). A firebrand was placed inside the hole and the fumes came out which were then inhaled. One did not suck on it like a tobacco pipe.
I am just not seeing how you would clean it out either
Who said you cleaned it?