Opium Kharal  Hand Carved
Opium Kharal  Hand Carved
Opium Kharal  Hand Carved
Opium Kharal  Hand Carved
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Opium Kharal Hand Carved

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Rajasthan - 41xh10cm - extraordinairy carving skills  -  early 20th century

 Used to make and pour an opium beverage: A ritual of hospitality in North India

 Consumption of an opium beverage, an ancient social practice subject to a community ritual in northern India. Reserved for the welcome of members of the same caste, this drink is at the heart of the commensality which constitutes a fundamental aspect of the sociability and solidarity of a caste. This toxic opium beverage when shared during an agonistic ritual acts as a social catalyst. It transcends the usual rules concerning purity and bodily contact given its sacrificial nature.