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Portrait of an Arab falconer ...

Portrait of an Arab falconer ...
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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 the Al Khatam sands near Jebel Hafeet (Jabal Hafit). A falconer wearing a patterned ghutra (headscarf), a thobe (long shirt) and a wraparound skirt sits astride a tall camel holding a peregrine falcon on a mangalah (cuff) on his arm. The camel stands in profile facing towards the left. Tufts of vegetation grow on the ground surrounding the camel, and across the sand into the distance. In the far right distance a sheer faced rock mountain (likely Jebel Hafeet [Jabal Hafit]) rises along the horizon. 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 - Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Ain Region; Jebel Hafeet [Jabal Hafit]
Cultural Group
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 20, 1948 - January 27, 1949

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