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Portrait of Muhammad bin Fadil ...

Portrait of Muhammad bin Fadil ...
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Portrait of Muhammad bin Fadil, a falconer in Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, riding a camel with a peregrine in Al Khatam sands near Al Ain. Muhammad bin Fadil sits astride his camel, which faces forward, its head turned to the left. Muhammad bin Fadil's ghutra (headscarf) is blown back behind his shoulders by the wind and he holds a camel stick up in the air with one hand. A hooded peregrine falcon perches on a mangalah (cuff) on his other arm. Behind him a vast sand flat dotted with small tufts of vegetation stretches without interruption into the far 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
Cultural Group
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 20, 1948 - January 27, 1949

© Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

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