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Half-length portrait of Muhammad, a ...

Half-length portrait of Muhammad, a ...
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actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Half-length portrait of Muhammad, a sheikh of the Rashid Bedouin, at his encampment near Bir al Tawil in the Ramlat ar Rabbad sands. Muhammad, wearing a ghutra (head-cloth) and aghal (head-rope), is sitting on the ground. He looks directly forward and his hands are clasped in front of his body. Muhammad and his sons hosted Wilfred Thesiger's party at his encampment for a number of days in December 1946 during Wilfred Thesiger's first crossing of the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali).

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
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 24-31, 1946

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