Lucknow Enamelled Huqqa
The huqqa consists of three separate parts: a convex stand with circular indentation to hold a bell-shaped base in which it fits a trumpet-shaped cup. It is decorated all over with bands of enamelled decoration with a main register of flowering trees inhabited and surrounded by various species of birds above. Below there are narrow bands of hunting and river scenes with animals including crocodiles and elephants swimming amongst water lilies and lotuses. There are bands of meandering foliage around flower heads. A similar base is illustrated in Mark Zebrowski, Gold, Silver and Bronze from Mughal India, London, 1997, plate 71. Another comparable and unusually complete example is in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection as illustrated in Pedro Moura Carvalho: Gems and Jewels of Mughal India, London, 2010, p.158, no.70. Lucknow was a major enamelling centre in the 18th and 19th century and produced wares such as this huqqa base decorated in characteristic blue and green translucent champlevé enamel.