Indian Horn and Ivory Model of a Palanquin 19thC

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Indian Horn and Ivory Model of a Palanquin 19thC

An Indian Horn and Ivory Model Palanquin

With two pairs of sliding doors which open to reveal a red velvet mattress and cushion

Also a horn shelf above and a red stained pelmet

India, Vizagapatam first half 19thC

Length; 19″ (48.4 cm)

Condition: some ivory replaced, lamps missing

The Box Palanquin (meehana) was the more usual method of transport in India before the introduction of the horse and carriage and rail

They were carried by two pairs of men, supporting the long pole at either end on their shoulders