Inventory no.: 1289

Mughal Silver Opium Water Flask (Chuski)


Silver Mughal Opium Water or Wine Flask (Chuski)

Northern India

18th century

height: 10cm (approx.)

This unusually plump silver flask is from Northern India and was made to be used for offering guests wine or opium water. It dates to the 18th century and is typically 18th century in style and in manufacturing technique.

It has a thin ‘S’ shaped spout; a lid reminiscent of a Mughal architectural dome and which is attached to the body by several silver chains; a flared foot and sharp petal embellishments to the lower and upper body and to the top of the lid.

The interior contains a surprise: the bottom of the interior is decorated with a false floor comprising a Mughal-like floral open-work roundel.


Simon Digby Collection

Inventory no.: 1289


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