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Throne and footstool 1840-50

RCIN 1561

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This spectacular throne, the centrepiece of the Indian section in the Great Exhibition, was presented to Queen Victoria in part to advertise the carving skills of Travancore in southern India. The densely-carved elephant-ivory plaques incorporate Indian and European motifs, and the conch-shell emblem of Travancore forms the cresting.

Presented to Queen Victoria by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1851

No. 172