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Full length portrait of Salim ...

Full length portrait of Salim ...
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Full length portrait of Salim bin Kabina, one of Wilfred Thesiger's travelling companions, with Ghazala ('the gazelle'), a famous thoroughbred Batina camel owned by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and renowned for its beauty and speed. Salim bin Kabina (left), a tribesman of the Bayt Imani lineage of the Rashid Bedouin, stands holding Ghazala's head rope in the midst of rocky sand littered with camel droppings. He is wearing leather bandoliers and a cartridge belt over his thobe (long shirt), and has a rifle slung over his shoulder. The camel stands in profile, facing towards the left, and is loaded with blankets and other gear, including a rifle. Behind the camel a bare dune rises above the flat sand. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan loaned Ghazala to Wilfred Thesiger for his May 1-10, 1948 journey from Al Ain oasis to Sharjah.

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 Ain City
Cultural Group
Bedouin Rashid Bayt Imani
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
May 1-10, 1948

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