Portrait of a trained peregrine ...

Portrait of a trained peregrine ...
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Portrait of a trained peregrine falcon and a thoroughbred Omani camel, belonging to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, in the Al Khatam sands near Al Ain. In the foreground a peregrine falcon perches in profile on a carved wooden wakir (block), its head (covered with a hood) facing towards the ground. Next to the falcon on the right a thoroughbred Omani camel wearing a head rope is couched in the sand (only its head and neck are inside the frame). In the background a saluki hunting dog walks across a vast flat dotted with low bushes, a few couched camels and a second resting falcon. 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
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 20, 1948 - January 27, 1949

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