Decorative passenger boats were often used by royalty in the Indian subcontinent. This elegant barge with a winged peacock torso at the bow and the head of a makara at the stern is from Mysore, South India. Ivory carvings from South India were characterised by the courtly patronage and often depicted the patrons. A royal figure can be seen seated in the centre with attendants around him. In the early to mid-20th century, such decorative objects were popular in the markets of Bombay, a major centre for ivory trade.


  • Title: A Royal Boat
  • Date: 1932/1933
  • Location: Mysore
  • Physical Dimensions: H 18.9 cm x L 36.5 cm x W 4 cm, Weight: 506 gm
  • Material: Ivory
  • Gallery: Industrial Arts Gallery

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