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ID number ART03605.018.002
Title Pathans
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George (Artist)
Date made 6 August [1915]
Medium pencil on paper
Measurement backing sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; image: 16.5 x 10.5 cm


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).