Carved Elephant Carrying A Howdah, India, 1960s
Carved Elephant Carrying A Howdah, India, 1960s
Carved Elephant Carrying A Howdah, India, 1960s
Carved Elephant Carrying A Howdah, India, 1960s
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Carved Elephant Carrying A Howdah, India, 1960s

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Vintage from the 1960s

Circa 1960s, somewhat crudely and simply carved hardwood elephant carrying a howdah. Carved in India Howdah translates as "bed carried by a camel", also known as hathi, and is a carriage which is usually positioned on the back of an elephant, or occasionally some other animal such as camels, used most often in the past to carry wealthy people in India or for use in hunting or warfare. It was also a symbol of wealth for the owner, and as a result was often decorated with expensive gems Measures about 6 inches high