Silver Huqqa

Amir Mohtashemi Ltd.

Period 19th century

Origin Lucknow, India

Medium silver

Dimension 41 cm (16¹/₈ inches)

This very unusual huqqa, or hookah (waterpipe) base is made of high-grade silver and has a striking diamond cut design on the body which rests on a plain foot. Below the plain polished silver neck of the huqqa, there is a repeat petal motif. On top of the tapering base, there is a holder for the tobacco and a tube with a mouthpiece, with polished silver lower segments and diamond cut design on the upper parts. The base holds the water and the tobacco is smoked through the tube. The high quality of this huqqa suggests a skilled silversmith. The huqqa were popular in India and became a status symbol amongst the aristocracy. A rosewater sprinkler dated to the late 19th centre and made in Lucknow, India, has similar intricate diamond pattern (see bibliography, plate 82). It is possible that this huqqa was also made in Lucknow, a city well known for its highly skilled craftsmen.

Stock no.: A4792

Period: 19th century

Origin: Lucknow, India

Medium: silver

Dimension: 41 cm (16¹/₈ inches)

Literature: Bibliography 
Dehejia, Vidya. Delight in Design. Indian Silver for the Raj, Mapin Publishing Pvt.Ltd. India, 2008. 

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