This is a beautiful example of raised and etched bell-shaped cobalt blue, glass farshi (flat bottomed) huqqa (hubble-bubble) base. The glass is decorated with golden sprays of irises with leaves and buds executed by cutting wheel.
It appears that Huqqa came to India through Persia probably under the Mughals. This shape was very popular in the Mughal court and therefore there was a great demand for glass huqqa bases. These were supplied to India mainly from Persia, Venice, Holland, England apart from the indigenous production.
Indian Decorative Art
Gilded coloured glass
18th Century CE