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Two Sikh Akalis, opaque watercolour on paper, Punjab Plain, ca. 1840-1850


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Physical description: Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, two Akalis are depicted against a pink sky and green meadow, wearing only blue turbans, shorts and scarves. They wield blue clubs and have swords at their waists and steel bangles on their right wrists. Steel quoits are in their turbans. In the foreground is a patch of water.
Place of origin: Punjab Plains, Pakistan (made)
Date: ca. 1840 - ca. 1850 (made)
Artist/Maker: Unknown
Materials and Techniques: Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Museum number: IS.489-1950
Marks and inscriptions: Akaliyan amritsar Amritsar Akalis
Dimensions: Height: 180 mm, Width: 137 mm, Height: 154 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 112 mm image within innermost painted borders
Source: Victoria and Albert Museum
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