Antique Indian Opium Locket Container Pendant, Mughal Era, High Grade Silver, 57.6 Grams
High Grade Silver Opium Locket Container - 92.5% plus
Mughal Era, North India
RARE and Collectible
This unusual high grade silver, opium container comprises of a top screw stopper, which unscrews to allow the front flap to be unlatched and opened and the container is in the arrow head shape.
The decorative lid has silver beading around the edge and a bale. The container has applied silver beading on both sides and the design basically matches.
The container has an aged patina with heavy silver tarnishing.
Opium containers such as these were able to be worn, suspended from the belt. They were designed to hold opium water (opium alkaloids are soluble in water). The container is watertight and the stopper screws in very tightly.
Opium usage was common in northern India during this time. It was a part of normal social interaction and for some, also an addiction. Another use was by soldiers who carried afeem (opium) with them as a painkiller in an opium box that hung from their belts.
This makes a delightful pendant. I have strung it on an 18" handmade Indian black cotton cord with a looped end for closing.
Height: 8.5cm (3") including Bale
Width: 5.5 cm (2 1/4")
Bale: 4 mm (2/8")
Weight: 57.6 grams (2.030 oz).
Material: Tested high grade silver, 92.5% plus