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An luxurious and ornately decorated opium smoking room, possibly inside one of the "flower boat" pleasure craft that could be hired for a night of opium smoking on the Pearl River. The opium bed is at the back of the room. Circa 1880.

LavishShoestring.com | Dressing table Place of origin: London, England (made) Date: ca. 1754 (made) Artist/Maker: Linnell, John, born 1729 - died 1796 (designer) Linnell, William, born 1698 - died 1763 (maker) Materials and Techniques: Pine and mahogany, with japanned decoration (painted with layers of pigmented varnish); handles of gilt bronze

In 1934, a Swedish archeologist discovered hundreds of ancient mummies buried under boats in a mysterious cemetery in a remote desert in the Xinjang region of China. The location, which is featured rivers and lakes thousands of years ago, was lost until 2000, and researchers began to excavate the area in 2003. They found the body of a woman thought to have died almost 4,000 years ago, who has become known as the most beautiful mummy in the world, owing to incredible well-preserved…