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Asian Art

Base for a Water Pipe (Huqqa)

17th century

Stonepaste with pigment under clear glaze

12 11/16 × 8 in. (32.26 × 20.32 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1951.51.51A
The use of tobacco originated in South and Central America and spread to the Middle East and India by the late sixteenth century. This base once supported tubing that cooled tobacco and other substances prior to smoking.
Geography: 
Iran
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian , Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Asia Institute, New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York; gift in 1951 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Arthur Lane, Later Islamic Pottery: Persia, Syria, Egypt, Turkey (London: Faber and Faber, 1957), no. 57A, 8A&B.

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