Silver Lidded Huqqa Piece

India, 18th century 

9cm high, 9cm diameter 

 

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Silver Lidded Huqqa Piece



This round-shaped silver box was originally used as a lid to cover a huqqa (i.e. a pipe traditionally used for smoking flavoured tobacco). It consists of a domed lid surmounted by a finial and knop. The pierced work throughout the body is delicately decorated in the jali (“latticework”) style with floral and bird motifs amidst scrolling lines; these perforations would have allowed the huqqa to function smoothly by enabling ventilation for the heat and smoke. The huqqa lid was later converted into a container with a detachable wooden concealer to the circular base.

Silver Lidded Huqqa Piece


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