1st Series. India. Portfolio of six color woodcuts published by Shuzaburo Watanabe, Tokyo, in 1916
Charles W. Bartlett
British, 1860 - 1940
Color woodblock print
Image: 11 15/16 x 8 7/8 in. (30.3 x 22.5 cm) Sheet: 13 7/8 x 10 1/16 in. (35.2 x 25.6 cm)
Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1927 (5393). Conservation treatment supported by David Dolan in honor of his family.
The primary pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Khyber Pass has been an important trade and military route for centuries. Alexander the Great (356 BC-323 BC) traveled through it when he invaded South Asia, Buddhist missionaries carried their faith across it, and it has remained an important supply route for NATO troops to this day. Bartlett would have known the Khyber Pass since it was used by British troops as late as 1919, at which point one officer described it by saying "Every stone in the Khyber has been soaked in blood." (2009)