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Rectangular map consisting mostly of decorated tents, arranged in a circular fashion around a central tower and set of buildings, painted red. There are tiny labels near many of the buildings and tents.
AKM708, Plan of an Encampment, Front

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Plan of an Encampment
  • Accession Number:AKM708
  • Place:Afghanistan
  • Dimensions:28 x 66 cm
  • Date:ca. 1800
  • Materials and Technique:opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper
  • This detailed aerial view of an encampment likely served as a working diagram. Rendered in various colours, many of its structures—including tents and pavilions—are given labels identifying their function and their distance from one another. The entire encampment pivots around a central structure, a “seven-storey gold bangala for the army’s lookout.” Additional structures include a harem, royal diwans, school, library, treasury, and a bazar, among others.

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