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A Powerful Impression: The Carriage

Carriage Bombay (Mumbai), 1915 Iron, wood, silver, gilded silver, enamel, glass, silk Private Collection

  • In royal processions, which remained an important public display of power and status, while elephants were still used, European modes of transport such as this carriage, known as a landau, became more popular. Later, extremely valuable cars such as the Star of India would be used as well.
  • What kind of vehicle do you think makes a powerful impression?

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