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A Mounted soldier

Creation date: ca. 1820 ?
Creation place: India

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Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1330
State/Province: Himachal Pradesh?
Dimensions: 11 23/32 in. x 9 1/8 in. (29.8 cm x 23.2 cm)
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Ramesh Kapoor, New York, New York ( - October 1, 1984)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (October 1, 1984 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

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March 2023
Mountain, Meadow, Citadel: The Many Landscapes of Afghanistan
Renowned for their skills in battle, Afghans, Tajiks, and Uzbeks were often portrayed by their enemies in the Middle East and India wearing weapons like spears and bow and arrow for fighting from horseback. This horseman is heavily armed, holding a spear in his right hand, a katar or punch dagger in his sash, and a bow, quiver of arrows, and shield on his back. The striking portrait melds Indian equestrian portraiture with European painting conventions. The style of the rider’s clothing and facial hair also recalls drawings of Afghans and Tajiks in costume books, or ethnographic studies for understanding or exoticizing foreign cultures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Last Updated: 3/21/2023

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