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Inkstand 1876

Gold, enamel and diamond | 17.5 x 39.3 x 5.7 cm | RCIN 11444

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One memorable journey during the tour was a tranquil boat ride on the Maharaja’s state barge along the River Ganges. The inkstand, modelled on one of the Maharaja’s barges, has nineteen separate components. The stern is shaped as the head of a makara, a mythological creature which is the vahana (mount) of Ganga, the personified Hindu goddess of the River Ganges.