A bidri silver-inlaid huqqa base on wide stand, India, early 18th century
the huqqa base of bell-shape form, detailed silver-inlaid decoration with naturalistic scenes featuring a variety of animals in various activities, two houses and a vegetal background, the wide slightly domed stand with circular aperture in the centre, decorated with a band featuring birds and tigers between houses and scrolls
huqqa base: 21cm. height
stand: 41.5cm. max. diam.
Ex-private collection, Germany.