14 December 2014


Palanquins were a popular means of travel or “cruising” for the ladies of the nobility. 

The covered ones allowed the ladies to see but not be seen!
They were also used by male nobility and royals on special occasions. 
 Brides were also delivered to their grooms in covered ones.

Maharaja Abhay Singh brought this magnificent palanquin to Jodhpur as war booty after defeating 
the governor of Gujara Sarbuland Khan in Mahadol. It is executed in the rich Gujarati tradition of 
carved and painted woodwork. The eves of the canopy are of beaten, cast and cut ironwork. 
The glass panes in wooden casements decorate the walls. Early 18th century AD.

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