A tiny 3,000 year old gold ritual vessel which ancient tribes used to ‘get high’ has emerged for sale for £45,000.
The canonical shaped vessel was used by the Scythians – who lived in what is now southern Siberia between 900 and 200 BC – to smoke cannabis and opium.
The Scythians were nomadic warriors who partook in human sacrifices, drank the blood of slain enemies and used female warriors.
The 3in vessel, which weighs just 4.4 ounces (125 grams), is being sold by Timeline Auctions, in Mayfair, London.
It has belonged to a European businessman since the 1990s, having previously been in a North American collection for four decades.
Its whereabouts before then is unknown.
Chris Wren, managing director at Timeline Auctions, said: ‘The Scythians were a