Iranian Plateau

Iranian Plateau

The illustration with the caption “The Ameer of Afghanistan at home: Life in His Majesty’s harem” was drawn by Balliol Salmon based on material supplied by Mrs. Kate Daly, who for many years was physician to the ladies of the Amir's harem, and who just before had returned to England. The illustration was published in The Graphic, 26 November 1904, p. 697.

"Atmaran, Hindoo of Peshawar" is the title of a coloured lithograph made by E. Walker (d. 1882), based on the work of James Rattray (1818-1854), who was based in Afghanistan during the First Anglo-Afghan war (1838-1842). Atmaram was a Hindu from Peshawar in modern northern Pakistan, who had become the 'minister' of a local Muslim and Uzbek ruler in northern Afghanistan, Mohammed Murad Beg of Kunduz. 

A photograph by Antoin Sevruguin (1835-1933) shows corporal punishment being carried out in an embroidery workshop in Iran. The photograph was taken around 1880. 

Ghulam Haidar Khan was a son of Dost Mohammed Khan, emir of Afghanistan. This lithograph is by E. Walker and based on the work of James Rattray (1818-1854), who joint the British Indian forces that invaded Afghanistan in 1838 during the First Anglo-Afghan War (1838-1842) and who made numerous drawings and water colours of Afghanistan and its people.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London holds a water colour by Godfrey Vigne, who was a British adventurer who in the 1830's travelled in the Indo-Iranian borderlands. This water colour shows a wrestler with his characteristic knee-length, embroidered shorts, which he wears in the zur khana, or 'house of strength'.