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Sikh Akalis on the March

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
ca. 1885
Geography:
Made in present-day Pakistan, probably Lahore
Medium:
Pencil, pen, ink, watercolor, gold and silver on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: H. 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm)
W. 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm)
Mat (Standard Frame A): H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
W. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.298
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
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.
Private Collection, England(until 2002; sold to Ray); [ Simon Ray, London, 2002–4; sold to MMA]
Ray Simon. Indian and Islamic Works of Art. London, 2003. no. 56, pp. 124-45, ill.



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