This globular glass huqqa (hubble-bubble) bowl is a classic example of Mughal work. There are very few examples of Mughal glass objects. High quality glass was probably imported from Iran and Europe during this period.
Huqqas are waterpipes that are used for smoking tobacco.This base glass bowl contained water that filtered the tobacco contained in another pot connected with a pipe. It is believed that tobacco was introduced by Portuguese in the 16th century. The museum has many examples of huqqa base in bidri.
Indian Decorative Art
18th Century CE