Three parts of a hookah: the top, the stem, and the bowl. The top of a hookah that is formed of a bowl that is made of clay and has a wooden stem and is decorated with brass. From the stem, is a chain, with large links, connecting the base to the lid that is stepped and has four birds on the rim, along with a number of balls. Attached to the rim of the lid are four long chains that end with a turquoise-coloured bead and a clear, shaped stone or piece of glass. On the top of the lid is a large, faceted clear stone or glass and a piece of green, clear stone or glass at the top. The stem of a hookah, that consists of a long cylinder with a ridged end that connects to an s-shaped piped with a wing nut. The s-shaped pipe is bound with textile at the end to another cylindrical pipe with a tapering tip. The pipes are decorated with wire. There are a number of chains attached to the object with coloured stone or glass at the ends. The bowl of a hookah made of brass with a baked clay filter. There is a chain handle attached to the sides and four other chains that end in pale blue beads.

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