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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)
    Kerman (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, painted in green and red slip and underglaze blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 28, shelf 3

A kalian is a tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water. They are also known as a hookah, huqqa, qalian, qalyan, qaliyan, narghile, shisha, and a hubble-bubble.

Physical description

Kalian, or hookah base, decorated around the body with green and red slip-painted carnation sprays contrasting with blue lotus flowers

Place of Origin

Iran (made)
Kerman (city) (made)


ca. 1650-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, painted in green and red slip and underglaze blue


Height: 29 cm, Diameter: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Kalian (water-pipe base), fritware, underglaze-painted in cobalt blue with green and red slip with panels of flowering plants; Iran, 1650-1700.

Production Note

"Kirman Polychrome"




Ceramics; Smoking accessories


Middle East Section

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