Elephant-shaped huqqa base

This stylised blue and white elephant 'kendi' with an elegant gilt-silver repoussé mount has been transformed into a water pipe. The gilt trunk attached to the porcelain body has an open finial for the pipe. While the elongated square tower with a hinged lid and floral finial serves as the burner. The huqqa base, made in China during the Ming period (1368-1644), is an excellent example of West Asia's love for Chinese import wares and how luxury goods were often adapted to suit local tastes.

Date/Period
Porcelain base (1573-1619 CE), Silver gilt mounts (19th century)
Region
China and Turkey
Dimension
Object size: H:29 x W:13 x D:18.5 cm
Accession No.
2009-02245
Material
Porcelain, silver gilt
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Ceramics