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Smoking opium, mid 19th century

Smoking opium, mid 19th century

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Smoking opium, mid 19th century. A Chinese woman smoking a pipe of opium, an addictive narcotic drug produced from the sap of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). Her feet, which are unnaturally small, have been subjected to the practice of foot binding.

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