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A copper and brass-overlaid huqqa base (Skardo), Baltistan, Kashmir, Upper Indus Valley, 18th century
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150
A copper and brass-overlaid huqqa base (Skardo), Baltistan, Kashmir, Upper Indus Valley, 18th century
Estimate
12,00015,000
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A copper and brass-overlaid huqqa base (Skardo), Baltistan, Kashmir, Upper Indus Valley, 18th century
of curved, faceted form, with openwork brass and copper mounts carved as floral scrolls with incised details
19cm. 
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Provenance

Ex-collection Pierre Jourdan Barry, Paris (1926-2016).

Catalogue Note

This curiously-shaped huqqa derives its shape from the horns of yaks, creatures indigenous to the plateaus of Kashmir. It is thanks to a traveller's account by the Count and Countess de Ujfalvy published in 1883 that we have a description of the existence of such huqqas in Skardo, which were also produced in wood and steel. The overlaid designs vary but usually centre on floral motifs (see Mark Zebrowski, Gold, Silver & Bronze From Mughal India, London, 1997, pp.243-4, nos. 417 & 418).   

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