An Indian or Sri Lankan Carved and Painted Ivory Hookah Pipe
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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