A stunning Japanese Edo period Kiseru pipe, expertly crafted and signed…
Made from mixed metal with a bronze carving of a dragon all along the body this ornate Edo period Kiseru pipe looks stunning. Because of the ornate bronze work, this pipe was probably made for a well-to-do Japanese person in the 19th century. Both the mouthpiece and pipe end are made from white metal. At the base of the dragon sculpture is a Japanese signature (see images).
Kiseru pipes were used by the Japanese from the mid-1500s when tobacco was introduced to society. The Kiseru pipe allowed for the smoking of a small number of fine stands of tobacco.
The weight and feel of this Edo period Kiseru pipe coupled with the intricate bronze carving of the dragon that entwines the main body of the leads us to believe this pipe was made by master metal craftsman.
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