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Antique Indian Wedding Palanquin

Antique Indian Wedding Palanquin

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: Item # 1426001
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Indian wedding palanquin for a bride. Made of a hardwood, possibly padauk, carved with florets and accented with iron details. The domed roof is constructed with a latticework. Doors and window openings are carved to mimic the architecture of a garden courtyard adding to the overall feminine quality of the palanquin.

Palanquins were the most popular means of transportation in British India prior to the introduction of horse-drawn vehicles and the railroad. The bridal palanquin is a wedding tradition that is still in use today.

Provenance: From the collection of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, California.

Age: 19th Century

Dimensions: Total length including carrying poles: 156" long. Size of passenger box: 41" high x 58 1/2" long x 34" wide.