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Khan - Original Painting by Gerald Lubensky

Khan - Original Painting by Gerald Lubensky

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Khan, circa 2008

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 25 Framed

Hand Signed and Dated on the back

Khan is a historic Mongolic and Turkic title originating among nomadic tribes in the Central and Eastern Eurasian Steppe to refer to a chief or ruler. It first appears among the Rouran and then the Göktürks as a variant of khagan (sovereign, emperor)[ and implied a subordinate ruler. In the Seljuk Empire, it was the highest noble title, ranking above malik (king) and emir (prince). In the Mongol Empire, it signified the ruler of a horde (ulus), while the ruler of all the Mongols was the khagan or great khan. The title subsequently declined in importance. During the Safavid dynasty, it was the title of an army general, and in Mughal India, it was a high noble rank restricted to courtiers. After the downfall of the Mughals, it was used promiscuously and became a surname. Khan and its female forms occur in many personal names, generally without any nobiliary of political relevance, although it remains a common part of noble names as well. 

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