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View of Muhammad's encampment in ...

View of Muhammad's encampment in ...
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


View of Muhammad's encampment in the Ramlat ar Rabbad sands near Bir al Tawil. Three people stand beside a small striped goat-hair tent which has been pitched amongst sand dunes next to a few dry bushes. In the sand around the tent lay a number of items of clothing and equipment. Dunes surround the tent in all directions, and in the far distance a lone figure walks down a sloping dune toward the tent. Wilfred Thesiger and his men stayed with Muhammad, a sheikh of the Rashid Bedouin, and his family 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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