Smoking Set
Smoking Set

Smoking Set

Japanese (Japanese)
Circa 1850
Lacquered wood, bronze
: 8 1/2 x 5/8 x 3/8 in. (21.59 cm x 1.59 cm x 10 mm)
: 9 3/8 x 6 x 6 in. (23.81 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm)
: 9 3/8 x 6 x 6 in. (23.81 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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The practice of smoking tobacco was brought to Japan by European merchants in the 17th century. Tobacco was a luxury product and was enjoyed especially by the more affluent residents of Japan’s major cities. This set of smoking accoutrements—which includes a pipe, a brazier, an ash container, and a chest for the tobacco and different flavoring additives—was made for a wealthy smoker and would have been displayed in that person’s home as a status symbol.

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