Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Pakistan
  • hookah, late 1800s–1995
  • Where object was made: Pakistan
  • brass, cloth, cotton thread, metal thread, wood, pigment, incising, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 42.5 x 11 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 16 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 9 1/4 in
  • Gift of Beatrice A. Wright
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3046.a,b

The smoking apparatus (2007.3046.a) has a round brass base and two vertical tubes, one of which has a flexible tube attached at the end. The other has a removeable brass bowl (2007.3046.b) for the substance to be smoked.

The brass base has a flat round bottom with a cylindrical body that tapers as it goes up and flares again slightly at the top. It is decorated overall with three bands of red field color with brass vines and white flowers or buds. The tubes are covered with unbleached cloth and then decorated by weaving purple cotton thread and gold metal thread over the top. Both tubes have a wooden cone with a hole at the end. The flexible end is for the mouthpiece, the other is for the bowl to sit.

The bowl is goblet-shaped with a grey band with brass leaves and white buds and a band of clusters of three lines.