Sikh Akalis on the March

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The Akalis, a fierce martial force within the Sikh tradition, are identifiable by their tall dastar banga, a distinct towerlike turban that is set with steel weapons. In this scene, the warriors march in procession, wielding traditional and modern arms, including swords and a rifle. Native to the region of Punjab, this group would have been of great interest to the British, who annexed the region in 1849 and continued to document their new surroundings and local culture.

Sikh Akalis on the March, Pencil, pen, ink, watercolor, gold and silver on paper

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