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Base for a Water Pipe (huqqa) with Floral Medallions

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze, and with brown glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1879
Accession Number:
79.2.359a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
The shape and function indicates that this piece was made for export, probably to India. It remains unclear when the huqqa, used for cooling tobacco or some other substance with water prior to smoking, developed, though historical references indicate that it was used in both India and the Middle East by the sixteenth century.
Marking: a leaf
Samuel Putnam Avery Sr. , New York (until 1879)
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