Equestrian portrait of the warrior-poet Guru Gobind Singh, 1850

Equestrian portrait of the warrior-poet Guru Gobind Singh, 1850


Gouache heightened with gold, Punjab Plains [Bahra Collection]

A3 (297mm x 420mm)
170 gsm illustration printing paper (specially chosen for its excellent anti-aging and anti-yellowing properties)
This print is a faithful reproduction of the original
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An exquisite and powerful study of the tenth Sikh Guru, a remarkable poet-warrior who wielded pen and sword with masterful dexterity. He rides a majestically caparisoned prancing piebald stallion, its legs stained red to signify it as a war horse, like his master a veteran of the blood-soaked battlefield.

Nimbate and dressed in a flowing green jama, the Guru is wearing an array of weapons including a sword, dagger, bow and arrows. Perched on his gloved right hand is a falcon, while his entourage consists of a Persian Saluki dog and a Nihang ('crocodile') warrior attendant holding a parasol as an insignia of kingship. In the skies above, a celestial maiden waving two yak-tail whisks showers down her divine blessings.

Image credit: © Toor Collection

Print series: Hazoor Sahib

Published in: In the Master's Presence: The Sikhs of Hazoor Sahib (Vol. 1) by Nidar Singh Nihang & Parmjit Singh