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The Art of Monarchy

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India

Throne and footstool 1840-50

RCIN 1561

Garter Throne Room, Windsor Castle

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This spectacular throne, the centrepiece of the Indian section in the Great Exhibition of 1851, was presented to Queen Victoria by the Maharajah of Travancore, in part to advertise the carving skills of craftsmen working in 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.