f.44' Near S.E. end of Bolan Pass. Attacked Feby l9th, 1841.'
Artist: Boyd, George (1800-1850)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen-and-ink drawing of Sibi at the end of the Bolan Pass by George Boyd (1800-1850) dated between 1821 and 1844. This is one of 95 drawings (90 folios), chiefly of landscapes and monuments in the Deccan, West India and Afghanistan.
Sibi is situated in Pakistan at the eastern end of the Bolan Pass which, along with the Khyber Pass, is one of two main routes through the Hindu Kush mountain range from Afghanistan to South Asia. Since the 15th century, Sibi has been the meeting place of all the tribal chiefs of the area and a centre of business for traders dealing with the nomadic Baloch tribes. A famous fair (the Sibi Mela) has developed over the centuries where tribesmen flock from all over Baluchistan, parts of Sind and Punjab with their animals. The town was of great strategic importance during the First (1839-42) and Second (1878-79) Anglo-Afghan Wars.