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Royal barge model

Description: The Subanahongsa, or golden hamsa or hongsa, refers to the mythical swan of the Hindu god Brahma, who Hindus believe is the creator of life and of the entire universe. The hamsa provided transport for Brahma, a deity who assisted Buddha. In 1782 King Rama I had a barge called the Subanahongsa built soon after his accession to the throne. The royal barge was constantly used throughout the years until it became too old to be repaired. King Rama VI then commanded the construction of its successor, which was launched on November 13, 1911, and also named Subanahongsa. The most important aspect of the royal barge is the ornamentation as well as the craftsmanship of the vessel.
Source: http://www.digitalindy.org/cdm/ref/collection/tcm/id/1791
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Rights: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Ships
Boats and boating
Barges
Brahman mythology
Hinduism
India
India -- history
Models and modelmaking

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