Seated portrait of an Arab ...

Seated portrait of an Arab ...
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Seated portrait of an Arab falconer, a member of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, holding a peregrine falcon in Al Khatam sands near Jebel Hafeet (Jabal Hafit). A man holding a rifle and a peregrine falcon on a mangalah (cuff) kneels in soft sand dotted with small shoots of vegetation. He wears a patterned ghutra (headscarf) topped with an 'agal (head rope), a waistcoat and cartridge belt with silver studded leather suspenders over his thobe (long shirt). The falcon wears a leather hood, and is perched on the mangalah facing away from the camera, looking over its shoulder into the far right. In the background a camel saddle lies in the sand, and a few tufts of sedge grow. This image was taken between December 20, 1948, and January 27, 1949, during which time Wilfred Thesiger stayed with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and joined him on a number of hunting excursions.

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 Ain Region; Al Khatam - Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Ain Region; Jebel Hafeet [Jabal Hafit]
Cultural Group
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 20, 1948 - January 27, 1949

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