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Huqqa base

Creation date: ca. 1700
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Glass Bowl
Medium and Support: Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Catherine and Ralph Benkaim
Accession Number: 2006.315
State/Province: Gujarat
Dimensions: 6 3/8 in. x 6 in. (16.19 cm x 15.24 cm)


E. Sham, ( - October 1980)

Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California (October 1980 - December 20, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 20, 2006 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
A huqqa includes three pieces: a brazier in which the tobacco was heated, a stem connecting the brazier to a base filled with water, and a long pipe through which the smoker would have inhaled the smoke, drawing it through the water in the base. To make this huqqa base, the glass was blown into the desired shape, the gold painting applied, and the object fired in a kiln to fuse the decoration to its surface.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 13th to 19th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South Asia 13th - 19th century , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

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