Jul 9, 2010

Silver Zenana carriage ( Second View ) - Baroda 1895

Photograph of a silver carriage at Baroda, Gujarat from the Curzon Collection, taken by an unknown photographer during the 1890s. The solid silver two-wheeled carriage is drawn by white bullocks and belonged to Gaekwar Sayaji Rao III (ruled 1875-1939), 12th Maharaja of Baroda. He owned a collection of exotic transport, which also included golden carriages and a miniature carriage drawn by deer. They were displayed to visitors and used on ceremonial occasions. It seems unlikely that this is a zenana carriage, which would have been enclosed to ensure the seclusion of female members of the royal household when travelling.