Pathans

Collection ID ART03605.018.002
Collection type Art
Title Pathans
Measurement backing sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; image: 16.5 x 10.5 cm
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George
Copyright AWM Licensed copyright

Depicts head studies of the Turkish men who transported ammunition supplies on mules. Benson indicates that they wore biscuit coloured turbans, which had a square of purple silk on the side. The title refers to the Muslim Pashto-speaking Pashtuns (also known as Pathans) who are predominantly an Eastern Iranian people and live in a contiguous geographic location across Pakistan and Afghanistan. An accompanying drawing in the scrapbook shows the men with donkeys, their saddle bags loaded with ammunition supplies (see ART03605.018.001).

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