Bidri ware, bronze with inlaid silver.

Base for a water pipe, 18th century

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Water pipes (hookahs) have been used to smoke tobacco from the 17th century onwards. The hookah user would have smoked from a long tube that extended from the base. An orderly row of "Hyderabad poppies" adorns the globular body, a popular motif that also appears in textiles and paintings.

Base for a water pipe
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Bidri ware, bronze with inlaid silver.