Artistic Handcraft - Silver and Enamel Upper Part of a Water Pipe – Shiraz

19th Century AD
Height: 23.5 cm
The National Museum of Iran, Teheran
Inv. No 21871

Upper part of a water pipe with a dome shaped lid with a green coloured stone - for decoration - when not in use. The smaller cover to be put on top of the pipe when ignited has a silver chain for easier removal when hot. Designs of birds,  leaves and blossoms on a gold background fill the cartouches; the area around the cartouches is enameled.