When the Hmong were forced to stop growing opium cash crops some decades ago, the commissioning of such extravagant pieces also came to an end. Genuine antique pieces such as this are coveted by collectors.
The Hmong, an ethic minority found throughout SE Asia and southern China, are well known for their impressive silversmith skills and unique designs.
Width at widest point: 16.5cm, 7.4 in
Height: 17cm, 6.7 in
Weight: 135g, 4.8oz
Period: 19th century