It is advocated that smoking is harmful to health. Can you imagine that in the Qing dynasty, almost all the people had pipes in their hands?
Can you believe that all most all the people were immersed in the smoky tobacco fog?
The Trend of Tobacco in the Qing Dynasty
Tobacco was originally cultivated in North America and was later imported into China in the late 16th Century. Chinese doctors believed that tobacco could dispel diseases and cure colds; therefore, it was widely planted during the Qing dynasty and soon be associated with the Chinese culture.
Tobacco was regarded as one of the three essentials to entertain guests, so people in the Qing dynasty, smoking or not, always prepared tobaccos and pipes at home.
Bamboo Tobacco Pipe, Qing Dynasty
Material: Bamboo stem and copper
Period: late c. 1800s
Dimension: 10H x 34W x 5D cm
This pipe has a bamboo stem, a copper case carved with birds and deer, and a white copper mouthpiece. While birds are the symbol for good lucks, and deer are the phonemical metaphor of good fortune and official salary, the pipe delivers blessings of a promising future.