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Standing full length portrait of ...

Standing full length portrait of ...
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Standing full length portrait of Salim bin Ghabaisha, one Wilfred Thesiger's travelling companions, at a palm grove in Liwa oasis. In the foreground Salim bin Ghabaisha, a tribesman of the Bayt Imani lineage of Rashid Bedouin, stands in an expanse of sand beside a few clumps of qassis (sedge), holding a rifle over his shoulder. Salim bin Ghabaisha wears a dark ghutra (headscarf) and a cartridge belt with leather suspenders over his light coloured thobe (long shirt). In the right distance a palm grove, likely cultivated by Bani Yas villagers, grows in a depression below a ridge of sand. In the far distance a second grove of date palms grows behind the ridge, beyond which more dunes rise. This image was taken during Wilfred Thesiger's journey from Al Ain to Liwa oasis, Al Dhafra and Baynunah sands in November and December 1948.

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Image Details

Accession Number
Film Negative 35mm
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Gharbia Region; Liwa
Cultural Group
Bedouin Rashid Bayt Imani; Arab Bani Yas
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
November 23-28, 1948

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