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Group portrait of four people ...

Group portrait of four people ...
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Group portrait of four people sitting around a cooking fire at Muhammad's encampment near Bir al Tawil in the Ramlat ar Rabbad sands. On the left a woman sits, holding an abaya (cloak) around herself. At the centre Musallim bin Tafl, a tribesman of the Bayt Kathir Bedouin and one of Wilfred Thesiger's travelling companions, is kneeling behind the cooking fire. Next to Musallim bin Tafl sit two men from Muhammad's family. One of these men is holding a bowl. Wilfred Thesiger and his men stayed with Muhammad, a sheikh of the Rashid Bedouin, and his extended family in the Ramlat ar Rabbad for a few days during their first crossing of the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) in December 1946.

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
Empty Quarter [Rub‘ al Khali]; Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Gharbia Region; Ramlat ar Rabbad [Ar Rabbāḑ]; Bir al Tawil
Cultural Group
Bedouin Rashid; Bedouin Bayt Kathir
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 24-31, 1946

© Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

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