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This small but relatively heavy portable hookah is cast in the shape of a mango or heart. It was
designed to be portable - for a lady to hold in the palm of her hand. It has an excellent
patina, and is a solid, pleasing piece. This peice is in very good antique condition and measures 5 1/2" tall and 2 1/2" wide, with two openings one with a diameter of almost 1" and the other 3/4".
A hookah of similar form is in Copenhagen’s David Collection (inventory no. 12/1991).
References: A hookah of similar form is in Folsach, K., von, Art from the World of Islam: in
the David Collection, 2001, p. 333. The same piece appears in Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver
& Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997, p. 241.
This came from an estate of a professor who traveled extensively, and acquired this in her travels.
What is water pipe?
It is an ancient tradition enjoyed by the people of the Middle East. A water pipe or hookah operates by water-filtration and indirect heat. It can be used for smoking many substances, such as herbal fruits and tobacco. Originally the tradition consisted of smoking opium and hashish rather than tobacco, which was introduced to hookahs only after the discovery of America almost 5 centuries later as first tobacco leaves arrived from America to Europe in 1601. This has many names, depending on region: calean , kalian, chichi, shesha, hookah, nargillah, arghille, habel-babel, hubbly-bubbly, and other names. Also the shape slightly differs from region to region. According to the oldest sources, hookah originated somewhere along the border with Pakistan, in Western India specifically known today as Gujarat and Rajasthan provinces about 900 years ago.
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