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Title: Hookah Cup
Materials: gold, translucent and painted enamel
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.7 cm
Accession Number: ISL 427
The cup is painted with four vignettes of European ladies wearing the fashions of circa 1855, compositions certainly derived from imported prints. Such images became an increasingly popular subject for decoration on Qajar enamelwork during the second third of the 19th century.
Haydn Williams, Enamels of the World: 1700-2000 The Khalili Collections, London 2009, cat. 40, p. 93.