Gallery of Aristocratic Transportation
Before the introduction of horse driven carriages of colonial period in most regions of Indian carriage were drawn by bullocks. In the desert areas, however camel and camel pulled transportation was common.
Raths or bullock driven chariots shown here come from an aristrocatic background and therefore aree embellished with brass and silver decoration parts. The chariots also have a sophisticated system of springs and jumpers which absorb shocks on rough Indian rural roads.
Such carriages were pulled by bullocks who too were adorned with elaborate and craft intensive decoration and caparisons examples of which can be seen here.
The Raths displayed here come from the marwar region and belong to early 20th century. The bullock compairision are from mid 20th century.Caparisons
This elaborate caparison from the royal family of Bikaner comprises coverings for the head, back and tail of the horse. On the occasion of a celebratory procession, horses were adorned with decorative caparisons. The set displayed here is remarkable for its semi precious stone setting in combination with enamel work over silver base. The set belongs to the beginning of the twentieth century.