Cup from a Water-pipe (Qalyan)

Location: Iran

Materials: gold sheet, painted with opaque and transparent enamels, silver-gilt lining and gilt porcelain stem

Dimensions: 13.3cm (height)

Accession Number: JLY 1734

Other Notes:

The cup is decorated with medallions of dancing girls, a favourite genre in the period of Fath ‘Ali Shah. It is set on an enamelled porcelain base, gilt and decorated with floral cartouches.


S. Vernoit, Occidentalism. Islamic Art in the 19th Century, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XXIII, London 1997, cat.128, pp.180–81.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.458, p.377.