Edouard Detaille, 1891, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The painting depicts the cavalry charge of the 4th Hussars during the Battle of Friedland, 14 June 1807.
OK, is he holding his saber backwards or is that a “cavalry kukri”?
From the viewing angle, it merely looks backwards.
Actually, looking again, I’d say that he (along with many other hussars) is holding his sabre raised and underhand, so that he could potentially strike with the point or alternatively to sweep down via an outside curving stroke to hit with the edge.
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