Until the early twentieth century Ainu men smoked tobacco from long-stemmed pipes that they carried daily, along with a long pipe holder that was tucked into one’s sash and a tobacco box that would hang by a chord from the pipe holder. The small bowl of the pipe fit into the hole at the end of the pipe holder. It is likely that the Ainu people developed a taste for tobacco through the influence of Chinese merchants, their primary trading partners for centuries.
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Ainu. Pipe Holder. Wood, 1 9/16 x 14 11/16 in. (4 x 37.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herman Stutzer, 12.473b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 12.473a-b_Ainu_project.jpg)
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