An Indian or Sri Lankan Carved and Painted Ivory Hookah Pipe

An Indian or Sri Lankan Carved and Painted Ivory Hookah Pipe

1800 to 1900 Sri Lankan

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An Indian or Sri Lankan Carved and Painted Ivory Hookah Pipe Stem
The end piece formed as a trumpeting elephants head
Circa 1800

Size: 34.5 cm long – 13½ ins long
The west has always viewed the hookah as an important object within Indian society, whether as a symbol of pleasure, decadence, reconciliation or the focus of rules concerning caste purity which tolerated or forbade the sharing of mouth pieces. A Victorian letter written to ‘The People of India’ comments on a picture of a ‘Gujar’
( Gujaratiman ) holding a hookah, ‘Gujars are much addicted to smoking, particularly ganja ….. this has a peculiarly exciting and intoxicating quality.’

Dimensions
Height 34.50 cm (13.58 inches)
Medium
Ivory and Polychrome
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