Coronavirus (COVID-19) While museums are closed, the Pitt Rivers Museum prints site is fully operational and we have added an FAQ page here.

Portrait of an Arab falconer ...

Portrait of an Arab falconer ...
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Portrait of an Arab falconer, a member of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, riding a camel with a peregrine falcon in Al Khatam sands near Al Ain. A falconer wearing a thobe (long shirt) and a ghutra (headscarf) toped with a dark 'agal (head rope) rides side-saddle on a camel facing into the right distance (only the camel's torso is in the frame). He holds a hooded peregrine falcon on a mangalah (cuff) on his left arm, and a camel stick in his other hand. In the background bushes and other vegetation grow on rolling sands behind him. 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
Cultural Group
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 20, 1948 - January 27, 1949

© Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

buy a print

Select print type
Select size
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas