Uzbek Prisoner Artist: Unknown

late 18th–19th century

Asian Art

Portraits of Uzbek prisoners in yokes appeared in Persian painting as early as the sixteenth century, and the motif continued as a theme into the nineteenth century. Members of an ethnic group from Central Asia, Uzbeks are identified by their style of clothing and weaponry. The inscriptions at either side of the painting mention the travels of the army from place to place.


Opaque watercolor on paper


image: 8 11/16 × 9 9/16 in. (22 × 24.3 cm)
13 9/16 × 9 5/8 in. (34.5 × 24.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Burns Foss

Accession Number



Qajar dynasty (1789–1925)


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M. Sevadjian, Paris; # W 1494 ILL 43.567 Mary Burns Foss (Mrs. Wilson P. Foss Jr.) (1896–1987); gift in 1983 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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Object/Work type

figures (representations)


Uzbek prisoner

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