Sunday, February 14, 2016

This photograph of a group of Afghan men is from an album of rare historical photographs depicting people and places associated with the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Most of the men are armed with rifles or jezails (heavy Afghan muskets) and wear distinctive turbans. Pashtuns generally leave a length of turban cloth hanging down, so these men are probably from a smaller ethnic group. One lone exception has no head covering at all, and there is a Sikh soldier sitting on a chair in the center of the photograph. He wears a British Army uniform, soldiers' boots, and a Sikh dastar (a different style of turban), which distinguish him from the rest of the group. Some Pashtun tribes fought for the British

Source: Library of Congress