State barge of the Maharana of Udaipur, India, c 1930.
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Model. Over the centuries a variety of ornate vesels were used for state and official purposes on the waterways of India. The model represents the vesel used on the River Indus by the Maharana of Udaipur, in Rajputana, India. This vesel was about 72 ft long, with a punt-shaped hull and sloping bows and stern typical of many of the boats of the Indus. Above the bows, a high platform was erected to carry the throne of the Maharana. The barge was steered by one long oar at the stern, and was propelled by oarsmen seated on the deck, eight aside.