Thursday, September 2, 2010

Asian Art Museum - Japanese Palanquin


Japanese Palanquin 1800's. These were used to transport emperors, samurais etc... and their families from there homes to the city and countryside. One palanquin was used for each family member.


12 comments:

Self Sagacity said...

Those things are heavy on their own, let alone stuffing a body in there. Though they were made so beautifully, the handcraft are just amazing in those days.

rainfield61 said...

Japanese arts are always neat and beautiful.

Vernz said...

Hi Joanna, this is marvelous display ... I always love museums ... and this pieces are great ... thanks for dropping by On This Side of Town

betchai said...

thanks for sharing this piece of history to us Jo, the palanquin is wonderfully mastercrafted.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Self, I thought that too. These people that carried the emperors had to be very strong and in fantastic shape :D

Rainfield, yes, they really are so beautiful, thank you.

Vernz, I love museums as well, can never get enough of them. Thank you.

betchai, You are welcome my friend and thank you :)

Ann said...

Very beautiful. What a way to travel huh?

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful, the detail and craftsmanship is amazing. I really enjoy seeing pieces like this palanquin.

ruthi said...

i will fit perfectly well in it. but then, maybe i will not be able to ride in it in the first place because i am not a royal blood.

very interesting. the craftsmanship of the carrier is amazing.

Ratty said...

I always wondered what it felt like riding in these. I think this is the way I'd like to travel. Maybe not quite as comfortable as some modern limos, but a lot more prestigious.

Bossy Betty said...

WoW!!! What a way to get around!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Ann, really huh? Though I'd be a bit claustrophobic

Squirrel, it as a treat to see in person.

ruthi, yes the artwork is gorgeous.

Ratty exactly :) Though it could be a bumpy ride.

Bossy, It would be cool but I don't think I'd fit in one very well :D

Icy BC said...

What a beautiful piece, and full of history!