Monday Minstrel: The Rajah rides a grey.

This painting shows the Rajah Dhian Singh ( 1796-1840) out hunting with his entourage.   He is mounted on a grey stallion of the finest Indian breeds of Kathiawari and Marawari. This is indicated by the curved ears of the horse.  The painting is set in the Punjab Plains of what is now Pakistan.   These horses were bred from the Arabian and Turkmene horses and crossed with local horses.  One of the Rajah’s attendants is riding a dun or buckskin horse and this color is found in the desert horses of Turkemenistan

 

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Photo: Tamsin Pickeral’s book The Horse . Indian School c. 1834-40 Gouache on paper. London Victoria and Albert Museum. 

 

 

8 Comments Add yours

    1. anne leueen says:

      A bit of history!

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  1. Interesting how the ears show its breed.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes. Only the Indian breeds have these curved ears.

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      1. So interesting. You see through your studies of horses what we don’t but are beginning too.

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  2. I really like the buckskin look.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree with you!

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