Drawing of opium pipe

Asian American Comparative Collection:
Artifact Illustrations

Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D., Volunteer Curator
Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC)
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1111
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1111 USA
208-885-7075
pwegars@uidaho.edu

The artifacts depicted are all from the Asian American Comparative Collection except where noted. Thanks to Jenny Ralston for taking the digital photographs, except where indicated, and to Terry Abraham for incorporating them into this Web page.

CHINESE ARTIFACTS

Scales vary. For more information, including artifact names as used by the Asian American Comparative Collection, you may order "Chinese Artifact Illustrations, Terminology, and Selected Bibliography."

Utilitarian Objects


Liquor bottle

Spouted jar

Wide-mouthed jar and lid

Straight-sided jar and lid

Pan

Globular jar

Barrel jar and lid

Ginger jars and lid

Ginger jars and lid; left two are hexagonal
Chinese green glazed
              utilitarian wares
Green glazed wares; top, barrel jar. Photo by P. Wegars.

"Bean cake" (preserved tofu) jar (glass)
Chinese tea can
Tea can
Chinese oil can with mark
Oil can lid, interior; circular hole is sealed with square patch on exterior.  Dimensions, 23.5 cm. x 15.5 cm. Note characters to right of hole.  Photo by Chantelle DeLay.

Tablewares

Double Happiness
              rice bowl fragments
"Double Happiness" pattern rice bowl fragments. Photo by P. Wegars.


"Bamboo" pattern rice bowl

Celadon/"winter green" spoon, rice bowl, liquor cup, teacup

"Four Seasons"/ "Four Flowers" pattern serving bowl, liquor cup

"Sweet Pea" pattern liquor warmer and lid
Chinese orange
              tablewares
Left two, characters on orange background.  Right nine,
"Attributes of the Eight Immortals" sauce server, two lids, rice bowl, spoon, three teacups, liquor cup. Photo by P. Wegars.

Opium- and Tobacco-Smoking Paraphernalia


Opium pipe bowls, ceramic
In recent years, the incorrect term "damper" has often been used for these objects.  An opium pipe bowl is NOT a "damper."

Opium pipe bowl connector, metal

Opium pipe saddle, metal

Opium can, two lids, metal
See top of page for drawing of opium pipe stem (bamboo), with opium pipe bowl, opium pipe bowl connector, and opium pipe saddle.







Opium Lamp Parts


Left, wick support, glass. Right, wick support and wick holder, metal

Opium lamp bases, glass

Tobacco pipe bowl

Medicine Bottles


Bottle on left is often mistakenly called an "opium bottle"

Gambling Paraphernalia and Coins


Lottery ticket, "spreading out cover," glass gaming pieces, domino

Coins; left, Chinese; right, Japanese

JAPANESE ARTIFACTS

Scales vary. For more information on these and other objects, including artifact names as used by the Asian American Comparative Collection, you may order "Japanese Artifact Illustrations, Terminology, and Selected Bibliography."

Sake bottles

Tablewares


Teacups, blue on white stencil (katagami)
Japanese celadon
              plate with handpainting
"Celadon" (greenware) with handpainting . Photo by P. Wegars.


"Geisha Girl" pattern

Salt shaker; "Phoenix Bird" pattern
Japanese
              sake server and teapot
Vessel for heating and serving sake (tokkuri); teapot. Photo by P. Wegars.


Teacup

Sake cups

Medicine bottles

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