My children are surprised to learn that Hookah and Shisha is not a discovery of their generation!\nThat generation (and every other before it) of young people believes that every vice is a discovery of their generation.\nAnd so when they hear of me talking about art in Hookah pipes they are alarmed at how \u2018with-it\u2019 I am, when I am actually talking about times long past.\nMy first exposure to Hookah was in my elementary school years. I was visiting some school friends who were muslim and their mother and aunts were smoking their pipes at home. Young servants would prepare the pots and place it near the reclining mother and she would use it to take leisurely pauses as she supervised her large household, her staff and her children without moving an inch.\nLater in 2006, I was at the home of a Nawab in Lucknow and in the inner quarters of his wife, I saw the Hookah closely again.\nThe two women separated by time and space, had identical poses as they reclined, smoked and ruled their world with serenity.\nHookah or Shisha was, in all likelihood introduced to India during the rule of the Mughals that lasted a few centuries. \u00a0This particular legacy of smoking tradition remains entrenched in some elite muslim households even today.\nIn those days, the pursuit of art was not restricted to artists. It was a part of daily life. And so the Hookah was also turned into a medium of art.\nWhile the smoking pot and the pipes were common, pipe ends were\u00a0 individual and some created in silver took on artistic forms.\nPresented below is a small collection of antique Hookah pip ends:\n\n\n\n\nMost are shaped like animals \u2013 Why? No idea. Someday we will find an interesting answer to this!\nAnomalously, the following one is not modeled on any fierce animal.\nIt is shaped like an lady\u2019s hand holding a hookah!\u00a0\u00a0 Self referencing!\nAm sure Escher and the silversmith artist who created this piece would have enjoyed a hearty discussion on the concept of self-referencing! \nAll of these pieces are a part of the WOVENSOULS collection.\n\njm\nAug 2013\nThe post Art in Antique Hookah Shisha Pipes appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.