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Portrait of an Arab falconer ...

Portrait of an Arab falconer ...
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Portrait of an Arab falconer, a member of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, riding a camel in the Al Khatam sands near Jebel Hafeet (Jabal Hafit). A falconer wearing a ghutra (headscarf), a patterned wraparound skirt and a thobe (long shirt) rides a camel across a low sand dune towards a dry bush. A falcon perches on the mangalah (cuff) covering the man's arm. Further ahead a saluki hunting dog stands just behind the bush. In the background a number of large bushes and small tufts of vegetation grow scattered across the dune slopes. 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

© Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

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