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Small Portable Bronze Mango-shaped Hookah
Northern India
18th or 19th century

length: 12cm

This small but relatively heavy portable hookah is cast in the shape of a mango. It was
designed to be portable - for a lady to hold in the palm of her hand. It has an excellent
brown patina, and is a solid, pleasing piece.

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.

Inventory no.: 715

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