Bidriware, A Rare Zinc Alloy Inlaid With Silver Mango-Shaped Portable Hookah Bidri Ware, Bidar, Deccan, Central-India, Circa 18th Century.

Identification Number: 287


The body is cast in the form of a mango fruit, engraved and inlaid with silver, decorated with elaborate floral sprays, the neck and bottom are decorated with parallel pointed triangular shaped heads lines.

Condition: Good, some loses to silver overlay decorations.


10 cm high.
7 cm width.


1- Bidri Ware Inlaid Metalwork from India, By Susan Strong, Vicoria &Albert Museum, please see lot No. 15 exhibited on page 53.

2- Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, By Mark Zebrowski, Please see the various examples catalogued in the Tray chapter lot nos. 409- 411, pages 240-243.

3- Bidri Ware & Damascene work In Jagdish & Kamala Museum Of Indian Art, By Jagdish Mittal, Hyderabad, 2011. Please see plate No. 14 Page 77.

4- Sotheby’s London, 6th April 2011, The Stuart Cary Welsh Collection, please see the sold mango shaped silver container and the Bidriware mango shaped Huqqa Base Lot Nos. 121, 123, pages, 122 & 123.