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Maliks of Khyber Pass.

Maliks of Khyber Pass.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 2/2(97)

Item number: 97

Length: 24.8

Width: 35.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Maliks (chieftains) of the Khyber Pass from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Bombay Presidency', taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. The Khyber Pass is a 53-kilometre (33-mile) passage through the Hindu Kush mountain range. It connects the northern frontier of Pakistan with Afghanistan. At its narrowest point, the pass is only 3 metres wide. The Khyber Pass is one of the most famous mountain passes in the world and is one of the most important passes between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is the best land route between India and Pakistan. In the 19th century the British were involved in military campaigns in Afghanistan and the North West Frontier Province (now Pakistan). This portrait shows the Maliks or village leaders who were relied upon by the British to provide services such as maintaining the peace and keeping frontier roads like that through the Khyber Pass open.

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