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Antique Hand Crafted Persian Silver Hookha, 19th C.

Antique Hand Crafted Persian Silver Hookha, 19th C.


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The origins of the hookah come from the north western provinces of India along the border of Pakistan in Rajasthan and Gujarat nearly a millennia back. In Persia, before the age of cigar and cigarette, hookha was used for generations and generally they were made from clay. The aristocrasts and wealthy had the upper section of their hookha made from silver and the base was porcelain or crystal. Therefore crafting the hookha's top section became an stage for the silversmiths to exhibit their talent. Since the base was fragile we are left with some real fine metal hookhas. Description: This is Wonderful hand made Persian silver hookha's upper section, late 19th century. The artist Has masterfully hammered it to the shape of a hand offering flowers, decorated with two strings of delicate chain on the sides, further down Hanging from the body are small circles of silver depicting a woman's portrait. workmanship is very intricate and delicate. Height of the item is 8.5 inches with the width of 3 inches. Perfect condition with only one of the silver portrait missing.