View of Wilfred Thesiger's travelling ...

View of Wilfred Thesiger's travelling ...
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


View of Wilfred Thesiger's travelling party packing up in the Baynunah or Al Khatam sands during their return journey to Al Ain. On the left a man holding a camel stick stands in front of a saddled and couched camel. Sahail bin Tahi, a tribesman of the Mudairiba lineage of Rashid Bedouin, stands at the centre left. He has a thick beard and is wearing the front of his thobe (long shirt) tucked behind his khanjar (dagger). At the centre right Musallim bin Al Kamam, a sheikh of the Musaifar lineage of Rashid Bedouin, stands holding a gun above his shoulder. On the far right a fourth man stands facing towards the left, holding a rifle under his arm. Behind them a few laden camels are couched in the flat sand. Behind them small dots of vegetation grow in flat sand, while beyond low dunes stretch into the far horizon. This image was taken during Wilfred Thesiger's journey from Al Ain to Liwa oasis, Al Dhafra and Baynunah sands in November and December 1948.

Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Image Details

Accession Number
Film Negative 35mm
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Gharbia Region; Baynunah [Baynūnah] - Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Ain Region; Al Khatam
Cultural Group
Bedouin Rashid; Bedouin Rashid Musaifar; Bedouin Rashid Mudairiba
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 4 - 14, 1948

© Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

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