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State Elephant of Rajgarh

The Rajgarh Elephant has been a favorite from the beginning. The head and face ornament, and the fact that the howda has a foldable roof makes it a unique elephant. I didn’t make it before because I felt I couldn’t find the way to make the roof specially, but I learnt with time and experience and it resulted in an easy solving issue. This is my 29th elephant, I’ve come a long way so far.

Rajgarh State was a Rajput princely state in India, named after its capital Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh. It was part of the colonial Bhopal Agency of the Central India Agency during the British Raj. There was a predecessor state known as Umatwara, whose chief received the princely title of Rawat (equivalent to Raja) in 1448. In 1681 the state was divided into Rajgarh and Narsinghgarh State between the two sons of the Rawat Chhatar Singh, Rawat Mohan Singh and Rawat Parasramji. The daughter Mrinalini fled to the Himalayas and named her new seat (in present Himachal Pradesh) Rajgarh as well.

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Set 442 - State Elephant of Rajgarh, Delhi Durbar, 1903.
Limited edition. Painted by Ana Donzino.
The Rajgarh Elephant, Main Procession
Set 443- Escort Guards from Rajgarh, Group Right, Delhi Durbar, 1903.
Limited edition. Painted by Ana Donzino.
444 - Escort Guards from Rajgarh, Group Left, Delhi Durbar, 1903.
Limited edition. Painted by Ana Donzino.
Set 445 - Mace Bearers and Musicians from Rajgarh, Delhi Durbar, 1903.
Limited Edition. Painted by Ana Donzino.