Hookah and its collection value

by:WOYU     2020-02-15
Hookah originally originated in India in the 13th century and became popular in the Middle East in the 16th century. The original hookah smoking kits consisted of tobacco bottles, pipes, air valves, kettle bodies, smoking trays, tobacco bays, etc., and consisted of coconut shells and hollow bamboo pipes, mainly used to smoke old-fashioned black tobacco. In the Middle East, especially in Turkey and Iran during the ancient Ottoman period, hookah was once regarded as a 'dancing princess and snake', but it gradually spread to Arab countries and became a popular way of smoking tobacco. It was introduced to China in the Ming Dynasty, and later produced varieties of hookahs in Lanzhou and Hookah in Shaanxi. However, due to the shrinking market, they have almost disappeared until the Qing Dynasty gradually reappeared. Lu Yao's 'Smoke Spectrum' published in the middle of Qianlong mentioned the situation of water-containing smoking. Snuff bottles, dry tobacco, hookah and tide tobacco were popular at the time. Snuff bottles are mostly loved by scholars and elegant people, dry tobacco is most popular with ordinary people, and hookahs are a symbol of dignitarian status. The production of hookahs at that time was very large, and the styles were also various. At that time, the hookah was made of brass and white copper, as well as tin and silver. Its patterns include flowers, birds, grass, insects, and fish, as well as auspicious patterns and poetry. With the continuous progress of the times and the development of society, today, the function of smoking tools for hookahs has gradually disappeared, becoming a kind of art for people to enjoy and collect. At the 2010 Christie's Hong Kong Antiques Auction, a silver hooked hookah was sold for 2.46 million yuan, setting a record for the highest value of the hookah at that time.
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