@Miss L Toad,
I asked her today morning and it is some sort of oil enamel paint. She used some kind of chinese or china (one or the other) brush.
Thankfully none of the paint went away, yesterday night, when I wiped the outside with light soap water solution, and the inside of the red glass vase like structure, and tray with acetone. Sue me, I'm a clean freak
She said that the piece of work has not been used by anyone, and made it for me in the last week before she left for graduate school. Of all the things that she could've made me, she made me a hookah, which I will never know why.
She is one of those weird and funny people - in a good way. Maybe that's why we are very close friends.