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Seated portrait of Muhammad, a ...

Seated portrait of Muhammad, a ...
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actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


Seated portrait of Muhammad, a sheikh of the Rashid Bedouin, at his encampment in the Ramlat ar Rabbad sands near Bir al Tawil. Muhammad, an elderly man with a long white beard, sits next to a camel saddle. He is tying a bundle of fibres together. Wilfred Thesiger and his men stayed with Muhammad 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
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 24-31, 1946

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