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    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


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  • Architects
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    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

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    Tobacco & Opium Container From Rajasthan - 18th Century

    A01712

    £445

    This is an excellent example of a Northern Indian tobacco box dating to the 18th century. These boxes are also called opium boxes. This particular box comes complete with its original iron scraper for accessing the dregs. Opium boxes were owned by wealthy Marwari merchants and caravan traders across Rajasthan. Opium consumption in Rajasthan would have been commonplace amongst wealthier Rajasthanis and these pots would have been used in conjunction with opium kharals for grinding opium before mixing with water, and wrought iron opium retorts for straining the opium. The opium water is then drunk rather than smoked. 

     

    The tradition of growing and taking opium in Rajasthan has existed for centuries and to some extent, it is still used today during rituals and festivals. Traditionally, opium should only be served in odd numbers of helpings; one, three, or five. Opium boxes and opium paraphernalia are excellent collectibles. 

     

    These boxes are rare to find, especially with their original scrapers and lids which are often lost. This piece is made from roheda wood and brass; a higher quality craftmanship. This box is of museum quality. 

     

    Dimensions:

    31 x 31 x 9 (wxdxh cms)

     

    References:

    Similar examples can also be found in 'Arts & Crafts of Rajasthan' by A Nath & F Wacziarg, page 125.

    See Museums of India 'National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum: New Delhi' by Jyotindra Jain & Aarti Aggarwala - Page 49. 

    A similar example can be found in the Indian National Museum in Delhi mislabeled as a jewellery box.

     

     

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    Dimensions: W31 x D31 x H9 cm


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    This is an excellent example of a Northern Indian tobacco box dating to the 18th century. These boxes are also called opium boxes. This particular box comes complete with its original iron scraper for accessing the dregs. Opium boxes were owned by wealthy Marwari merchants and caravan traders across Rajasthan. Opium consumption in Rajasthan would have been commonplace amongst wealthier Rajasthanis and these pots would have been used in conjunction with opium kharals for grinding opium before mixing with water, and wrought iron opium retorts for straining the opium. The opium water is then drunk rather than smoked. 

     

    The tradition of growing and taking opium in Rajasthan has existed for centuries and to some extent, it is still used today during rituals and festivals. Traditionally, opium should only be served in odd numbers of helpings; one, three, or five. Opium boxes and opium paraphernalia are excellent collectibles. 

     

    These boxes are rare to find, especially with their original scrapers and lids which are often lost. This piece is made from roheda wood and brass; a higher quality craftmanship. This box is of museum quality. 

     

    Dimensions:

    31 x 31 x 9 (wxdxh cms)

     

    References:

    Similar examples can also be found in 'Arts & Crafts of Rajasthan' by A Nath & F Wacziarg, page 125.

    See Museums of India 'National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum: New Delhi' by Jyotindra Jain & Aarti Aggarwala - Page 49. 

    A similar example can be found in the Indian National Museum in Delhi mislabeled as a jewellery box.

     

     

    From India

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £7.50
    More delivery options available at checkout


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    DISPATCH

    • - Non-furniture Delivery: 2-5 working days

    • - Furniture Delivery: Within 1 - 2 weeks

      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    • Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

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