Base for a Water Pipe (Huqqa) with Irises

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

This huqqa base, with irises and other flowers, would have originally been fitted with a long stem supporting a brazier and a pipe through which the smoker would have inhaled.

Many of the known examples of Indian huqqa bases from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were made in the Deccan region and decorated with the type of metal inlay known as bidri, in which the base metal (a zinc alloy) of the object is darkened through a chemical process to highlight the sheen of the inlaid metal of the floral ornament.

#6620. Base for a Water Pipe (huqqa) with Irises

Base for a Water Pipe (Huqqa) with Irises, Zinc alloy; cast, engraved, inlaid with brass (bidri ware)

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