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Portrait of Hamad bin Saadna ...

Portrait of Hamad bin Saadna ...
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Portrait of Hamad bin Saadna (known by Wilfred Thesiger as Hamad bin Hanna) at a Rashid encampment in the Ramlat ar Rabbad sands. Hamad bin Saadna, a tribesman of the Bayt Hanna lineage of Rashid Bedouin, is kneeling in the sand at the encampment of Muhammad, a sheikh of the Rashid Bedouin. He is surrounded by blankets and mats. To his left another man is sitting, though only the knees of this person are visible in the image. In the far background two ceramic cups rest on top of a bag, and a pair of slippers lay in the sand. Wilfred Thesiger took this picture when he and his Bedouin companions stayed with Muhammad and his sons 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 Bayt Hanna
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 24-31, 1946

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