Base for a Water Pipe (Huqqa) with Poetry and Flowers

Zinc alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and brass (bidri ware) | 21.9cm | Early 18th century

Unknown Artist

The inlaid brass and silver decoration is placed in diagonal cartouches running along the body of the huqqa base, with Persian verses praising tobacco in nasta‘liq script. The poem on the body of the base consists of eleven rhymed couplets which cont...
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