Some Native Vehicles: These Are Marriage Carts Drawn by Bullocks

Some Native Vehicles: These Are Marriage Carts Drawn by Bullocks by Mortimer Menpes. 1903. Watercolor. Source: The Durbar, facing p. 88. Click on image to enlarge it.

“All sorts of quaint native vehicles formed an important part of the procession. There were brilliant carts of golden plush hung with violet tassels, the bullocks covered by jewels and silver scales, the drivers dressed in blue, silver, and gold ; palanquins of gold and silver em- broidery lined with green and old-gold, carried on carmine poles by attendants in red and yellow. Round each carriage and each elephant walked attendants. Men in red and gold carried blazing orange-and-gold fans with gold fringes ; others, in purple dresses with orange sashes, carried cloth-of- gold and pink banners ; men in yellow and green carried daggers heavily inlaid with gold and jewels, gold and silver clubs, peacocks' feathers, black and gold hung with precious stones, umbrellas of gold, pink, orange, and green, punkhas spotted with gold ; and so they went on in an endless stream too complex to be described” (88-89).

Other paintings of wagons drawn by bullocks

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Menpes, Mortimer. The Durbar. Text by Dorothy Menpes. London: Adam & Charles Black, 1903. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of California at Los Angeles Library. Web. 27 May 2017.

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