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  • Place of origin:

    Punjab Plain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 - ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 Plain (made)


ca. 1840 - ca. 1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Akaliyan amritsar
Amritsar Akalis
Persian inscription on the reverse. There is also a pencil inscription in English: Akali Sikh.


Height: 180 mm maximum, Width: 137 mm maximum, Height: 154 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 112 mm image within innermost painted borders maximum

Object history note

IS.477 to 489-1950 were purchased for £5 in 1950.

Descriptive line

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

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

cat. 30 (i0), p. 155-6 and fig. 78.
Paintings of the Sikhs / W.G. Archer. London: H. M. Stationery Office, 1966


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Swords; Clubs; Figures


Paintings; Sikhism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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