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dragonfan7925 Jul 2008 6:57 p.m. PST

Hi I am seeking any info or sites on painting Classical Indian 4 horse chariots. I remember seeing some around in the past but can't seem to find them now. I have seen the Vendel ones but would like some help on other schemes! Any help appreciated!


Paul Y26 Jul 2008 6:31 a.m. PST

Not sure if there is any right or wrong way. There are some nice ones here:

As for me, I painted a couple of Museum 15mm Indian chariots with depictions of various multi-arm deities and asstd sunburst and cross designs – no pics though (sold 'em a while back).


The War Event26 Jul 2008 7:19 a.m. PST

There is an interesting passage in "War in Ancient India" by V.R. Ramachandra Dikshitar pertaining to chariots in the Indian army:

"Each chariot was marked off by its ensign and banner. Though a reference is made to the position of the flag-staff in a car, its exact place is only a matter of conjecture. It may be, as Hopkins thinks, that a staff was fixed at the back of the chariot rising aloft from the floor. The main staff was fixed in the middle of this back portion and small flags flew on either side. It must be remembered that the first object of attack by the enemy's arrow s was the flag pole, which was made of bamboo if ‘vainavi yasti' means anything. If the banner fell, the hero lost his prestige and there arose confusion in the ranks.In the top of the staff was placed the ‘dhvaja' or ‘ketu' bearing an image. Whether ‘dhvaja' and ‘ketu' were one and the same thing, or the ‘ketu' formed a part of the ‘dhvaja', is not possible to say. The ‘dhvaja' came to be so important that the army went by the name of ‘dhvajini'. The symbols were either animals or trees and flowers. Bhisma's ensign was the palm. Bells and garlands sometimes adorned the flag.
Besides flags, umbrellas (chattra, atapatra) and fans were a part of the paraphernalia of the war chariot. The umbrella, which was a prominent feature of all festive occasions, was also seen in the field of action. It was often of white material, the stick sometimes being golden. Among the spoils of war one had to gather the umbrellas in the battle-field. In the old Tamil literary works we are told that often the umbrella sticks and the flag staff recovered from the enemy became the talaikkol used by dancing girls in Tamil India. This only indicates that the ancient Tamils attached as much importance to these paraphernalia as their northern brethren".

To me, this indicates quite a colorful image of the Indian War Chariot, and I hope it helps you a bit.

- Greg

dragonfan7927 Jul 2008 2:44 a.m. PST

Many thanks guys! Plenty to be going on with.


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