I have rice bowls virtually identical to those Ming dynasty bowls! I am certain mine are not more than a few decades old.
"Stone tobacco pipe depicting a man riding a camel."Tobacco usage in the Ottoman Empire in 1630? Are we sure that's right?Where were they getting it from, I wonder? Presumably the Dutch, although they had limited access if I'm not mistaken - I seem to recall that the trade was dominated by the English at that point, and most of the product went to British markets.Obviously it's eminently possible that this was indeed a tobacco pipe... but do we have specific reason to believe it was a tobacco pipe specifically? Could it not have been for a different drug, such as opium or cannabis?I imagine it hasn't been tested for organic residues, given that it came from a shipwreck and was only recently found. Is there some particular design element or other piece of evidence that would suggest it was a pipe for tobacco specifically?
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