by Susan Crawford
Paper Size: 34 x 28 ins / 86 x 71 cm
Image Size: 30 x 24 ins/ 76 x 60 cm
Each print is hand numbered, accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and is numbered to match the print. The editions are unlimited.
A polo team consists of four riders and their mounts, with play occurring in 7-minute periods called “chukkas”. Most polo matches extend over six chukkas, although different leagues do play over four or eight chukkas instead. The object of the game is to score the most goals by hitting the ball with the rider’s mallet between the goalposts. Specially trained polo ponies are used, though in fact the mounts are generally full sized horses, selected for a combination of speed, stamina, agility and manoeuvrability. The game is believed first to have been played in Persia, possibly even before the birth of Christ, and began as a training exercise for cavalrymen. It became a national sport in Persia, played by both women and men, and the game’s coverage gradually extended across Asia, from Turkey to Japan. The modern game of polo was formalised by the British, but was probably derived from a version of the game played in the Indian kingdom of Manipur, in the south eastern Himalayas. Military officers came across the game and imported it to England in the 1860s. Polo clubs were gradually established throughout England, Western Europe and the Empire, and also became popular both in Argentina and in the United States of America.