Exhibitions/ Art Object

Design for a Hookah Base

late 19th century
India (Rajasthan)
Ink and translucent watercolor on paper
Image (sight): 5 1/4 x 6 in. (13.3 x 15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
Not on view
Hookahs were ubiquitous in the later Hindu courts and frequently part of the accoutrements depicted in royal portraiture. Because of their association with the nobility, such luxury objects were of quality design in high-value materials, such as silver, bidri, or painted glass. This drawing juxtaposes various floral designs of Mughal inspiration.
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