A model temple chariot or ratha. It is made of wood (painted and unpainted), textile and metal. It is adorned with Viaisnava figures painted on flat panels and model attendant figures carved in the round (there is no utsavamurti, the processional bronze image that in a real chariot would be placed on the central platform; only a bolster, covered in white silk indicates where the image would have been located). The chariot is drawn by horses and attended by a small Garuda figure. The substructure is of wood and the carved wooden panels of the original are replicated here, but in miniature. The upper part is comprised of a high fringed canopy made of red felt decorated with triangular silk pennants and surmounted by a brass finial. On the passenger platform is a long bolster-like cushion in white silk.

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Acquired From
Marsh, Charles to The British Museum
Found, Excavated, Collected By
Simpson, David


South India
Made In
Srirangam, ?


Acquired In
1790, circa
Hindu, Vaishnava

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