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    This unusual and highly decorative porcelain hookah (water-pipe) base has a globular body with rounded base, tubular neck with flanged lip and collar. It is painted in the famille verte palette with green and black enamels and with iron-red. There are also details in overglaze blue enamel and extensive gilding. Outside are large lotus, peony and chrysanthemum flowers. The base is elaborately painted with an iron-red chrysanthemum flower head surrounded by a blue and green foliage border, lotus lappets with a band filled with faux Islamic calligraphy lines. The neck is decorated with prunus, lotus and other auspicious plants.Originally this hookah base would probably have been made for a customer in Mughal India and its form is based on an Indian metalwork prototype.


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    • 1662-1722
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 18 centimetres
    • Diameter: 14 centimetres
    • Weight: 1.05 kilograms
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2008 10 Jan-5 Aug, BM Galleries 91, 'Fascination With Nature'

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Water-pipe bowl. Chrysanthemums and poppies. Made of enamelled ceramic, porcelain.

Water-pipe bowl. Chrysanthemums and poppies. Made of enamelled ceramic, porcelain.

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