Chinese culture had a longstanding love affair with all things opium beginning in the 8th century when people began to use it as a medicinal cure. But by the 19th century, smoking opium recreationally became an entire culture and beautiful paraphernalia such as this caged opium oil lamp were produced. Designed specifically to facilitate the vaporization and inhalation of opium, this oil lamp. Is in a protective cage allowing it to hang.Extremely difficult to find them in the cage style and they are becoming increasingly sought after museum pieces.. This one is complete and in great condition. Caged Height (excluding chain): 16.5 cm / 6.5" - Burner Height: 9.5 cm / 3.75" Burner Diameter: 7.5 cm / 3. Please inspect images thoroughly and enlarge, if you have any questions or require more photographs please do not hesitate to ask. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Other Chinese". The seller is "tommys_treasure" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.