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View of Wilfred Thesiger's Bedouin ...

View of Wilfred Thesiger's Bedouin ...
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


View of Wilfred Thesiger's Bedouin travelling companions drinking coffee with Hamad bin Saadna in the Ramlat ar Rabbad sands east of Liwa. Five men kneel in a semicircle around a cooking pot and two ceramic cups. The young man second from left is Salim bin Kabina, a tribesman of the Bayt Imani lineage of Rashid Bedouin. In the centre is Muhammad al Auf, a tribesman of the Bayt Mbarik lineage of Rashid Bedouin. Second from the right is Hamad bin Saadna (known by Wilfred Thesiger as Hamad bin Hanna), who is sitting with clasped hands. Hamad bin Saadna is a cousin of Muhammad al Auf and descends from the Bayt Hanna lineage of Rashid Bedouin. Beside him, at the far right, is Musallim bin Tafl, another member of Wilfred Thesiger's party and a tribesman of the Bayt Kathir. This is the first picture of Hamad bin Saadna taken by Wilfred Thesiger. Thesiger and his party first met Hamad bin Saadna during their traverse of the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) between the 'Uruq ash Shaybah dunes and Khaba well in Saudi Arabia.

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]
Cultural Group
Bedouin Rashid Bayt Imani; Bedouin Rashid Bayt Hanna; Bedouin Bayt Kathir
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 24-31, 1946

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