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Head of the Karakash River between Leh (Jammu & Kashmir, India) and Yarkand (China). January 1869

Head of the Karakash River between Leh (Jammu & Kashmir, India) and Yarkand (China). January 1869

Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: WD299

Item number: 299

Length: 17.6

Width: 25.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of the head of the Karakash River between Leh (modern-day Jammu and Kashmir in India) and Yarkand (China) by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), January 1869. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: 'Head of the Karakash River on the Northern Slopes of the Himalayas bettween Leh and Yarkland. From a sketch by Dr H. Cayley. Jan. 1869. S.L.'

The Karakash or Black Jade River originates near Sumde on the northern slopes of the Karakorum Mountain range on the Tibetan Plateau and flows for 808 kilometres until it reaches the Takla Makan desert. The river is famous for the jade from eroded mountain deposits which it carries along in boulders and pebbles. An ancient caravan route ran along the Karakash valley conveying trade between Yarkand in the north and Leh to the south.

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