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IVAN49's items8 of 46Hovmantorps, SwedenMiniature signed Robert
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    Posted 3 years ago

    IVAN49
    (46 items)

    Characteristic opium pipe.
    Bronze marked NL 10.
    French provenance about 50 years ago.
    French Indochina.
    Number 10 possibly indicates ten copies.
    Found almost identical figure from Hu? (ex Vietnam capital in Annam province).Less detail and rather crude.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Maybe hashish pipe/bong, but not opium.
    2. IVAN49 IVAN49, 3 years ago
      Pipe bowl at partway down the shaft.
      https://theopiumpipe.com/what-is-and-is-not-an-opium-pipe/
    3. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Right, Ivan!
      The man's outfit is Tonkinese I think...
    4. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      My bad... Annam, not Tonkin :-D
      South Indochina, not North.
    5. IVAN49 IVAN49, 3 years ago
      Updated with almost the same bronze from Annam (as suggested above by kyratango).
      Definitively French Indochina,first half 20th century.
      Thank you.

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