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Gilded and Enameled Water Pipe (Qalyan) with Figural Scenes

Abu'l Qasim ibn Mirza Muhammad19th century

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Tobacco was introduced into the Islamic world from the American colonies and, together with coffee and tea, became a popular form of social refreshment. In Iran, elaborate water pipes such as this one were made of precious materials and enameled in several colors to heighten the pleasure derived from smoking. Tobacco was placed in the bowl of the water pipe and water into the base to cool the smoke prior to inhalation.

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  • Title: Gilded and Enameled Water Pipe (Qalyan) with Figural Scenes
  • Creator: Abu'l Qasim ibn Mirza Muhammad
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/8 x 5 7/8 in. (23.2 x 14.9cm)
  • Type: Metalwork
  • External Link: View on the Shangri La Website
  • Medium: Enameled gold and silver, wood
  • Period: Qajar
  • On View: On loan to the Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Object Number: 44.4a-b
  • Culture: Iran

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