Colonial palanquin

This palanquin features cane panels and flooring and sliding doors with ceramic knobs. Commonly used for transportation, its windows are louvered for air circulation. The shape of the palanquin’s roof evokes Bengali architecture and is covered with cloth for light to filter through. Palanquins were lightweight and could be manoeuvred easily within narrow and crowded streets. They were decorated from within with cushions and thin mattress for additional comfort. Usually four men would lift the bars on each end and a parasol carrier and an attendant would walk along as well.

Date/Period
1820s
Region
Bengal, India
Dimension
Gross measurement: 96.0 x 505.0 x 76.0 cm
Accession No.
1999-00417
Material
Wood, Cane floor panel, 2 detachable carrying poles with iron attachments, ceramic knobs, cloth roof.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving

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