Week 4: Litter or Palanquin

What is this mode of transportation called?

Where did it come from? Who used it?



Answers:

What is this mode of transportation called?

This mode of transportation, where two people use strong poles to carry a third, has many names: litter or sedan chair (English), palanquin (French), palki (India), jiao (China), lectica (Ancient Rome), gama (Korea), norimono (Japan), and others.

Where did it come from? Who used it?

The palanquin has been used around the world since ancient times to carry people, and sometimes religious objects, in luxury. Because it relied on the hard work of at least two other people, it often implied higher status for whomever (or whatever) was being carried. It is currently on display in the transportation section of our Around the World in 80 Days exhibit — come check it out!



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