Hookah

Description
The hookah, also known as a shisha or narghile, originally used for smoking hashish rather than tobacco which was introduced to Persia around 1600. The leaf is burned with hot charcoal in the upper bowl and the smoke is sucked through the hosepipe after passing through water in the lower vessel.

This wonderful painting is perhaps of a somewhat idealised hookah fit for the Moghul emperor. It would have been made of gold embossed jade or green glass, with the hose of birch bark or leather, embroidered with crimson silk and gold thread.

This drawing is part of a collection of botanical works commissioned by the East India Company in the early 1800s.
Accession Loan No.
19/1927/2/87
Simple Name
drawing
Full Name
A Hookah
Medium
watercolour
Common Name
hookah
Production Person Surname
anon
Production Country
India
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Collection Class
Drawings
Production Town
Calcutta
Production County
Bengal
Production Area Region
South Asia
Production Continent
Asia
Production Year Low
1780
Production Year High
1810
Inscription / Transcription
HERB. MUS. EXON CRESSWELL COLLECTION 19/1927; No 87; A Hookah
Created At
2016-10-13 16:49:58
Updated At
2018-02-02 11:29:17

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