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Standing full length portrait of ...

Standing full length portrait of ...
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Standing full length portrait of a young 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). In the left foreground a large ghada (Haloxylon persicum Bunge) tree stands at the top of a low slope. Nearby in the right foreground a young man leans on a camel stick with one arm and holds a peregrine falcon on a mangalah (cuff) on his other arm. The young man wears a patterned ghutra (headscarf) topped with an 'agal (head rope) and a thobe (long shirt) cinched with a cartridge belt. The falcon wears a leather hood and perches on the mangalah in profile, facing towards the left. In the background large ghada trees grow along the slope. In the far centre distance tufts of qassis (sedge) grow across a vast expanse of flat sand sitting below the distant mountain of Jebel Hafeet (Jabal Hafit). 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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