Opium Grinder


Sanskriti Museums

Sanskriti Museums

This cast bronze, boat shaped opium grinder has at one end a linga or the phallus symbol of Shiva placed under a cobra-hood while at the other end is a stylised tiger head. Opium is mixed with water in the grinder and the liquid is taken out through the mouth of the tiger which acts as a gargoyle.
It has been a custom especially among the Rajput hosts of Rajasthan and Gujarat to feed a few drops to the liquid opium to their guests at community ceremonies such as wedding. On such occasion liquid opium is poured into the palm of the host from such a container as this through the tiger’s mouth to feed the guests.

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  • Title: Opium Grinder
  • Date Created: 1901/1930
  • Location: Rajasthan
  • Physical Dimensions: H 7.9 cm x L 21 cm x B 8.4 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Brass
  • Period: Early 20th Century


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