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Profile portrait of an Arab ...

Profile portrait of an Arab ...
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Profile portrait of an Arab man, one of Wilfred Thesiger's guides, riding a camel during the party's journey from Jabal Sumeini to the port city of Sharjah. The man, a retainer of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, kneels in his saddle facing towards the left [the camel's lower legs are cut off by the bottom frame]. The man wears a thobe (long shirt) topped with a cartridge belt and wears his ghutra (headscarf) wrapped closely around his head and neck. He has a rifle slung under his left arm and holds a camel stick in his right hand, close to his chest. In the background bushes grow in the sand, and further behind a vast plain stretches into the distance.

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
Al Buraimi Governorate [Muḩāfaz̧at al Buraymī]; Jabal Sumeini [Jabal Sumaynī] - Sharjah Emirate [Ash Shāriqah]; Sharjah City
Cultural Group
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
May 1-10, 1948

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