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18TH CENTURY ISLAMIC INDIAN MUGHAL TOBACCO PIPE HUQQA
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Antique 18th century Indian Mughal Huqqa bottle of bell form has a floral decoration, stars and Arabic writing, and is made of copper with silver overlaid. The motifs are stylized, in accordance with Islamic tradition that prefers abstract or calligraphic floral themes to animal or human representations. The bell shape of the huqqa is the result of developments that took place around the 1730s and 1740s when this new shape superseded the spherical belly form that had previously been fashionable. Height: 7 inches. The huqqa pipe is used for smoking tobacco, which was introduced to India in the late sixteenth century. Height: 18cm (7 inches) Diameter: 18,3cm (7 in)

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