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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 an Arab falconer, a member of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, with a peregrine falcon, a camel, and a saluki in the Al Khatam sands near Jebel Hafeet (Jabal Hafit). In the foreground a saddled camel is couched in soft sand. Behind it at the far left a bony saluki hunting dog sniffs at the ground, while directly behind it an elderly falconer with a thick beard stands in profile, facing towards the left, holding a peregrine falcon on a mangalah (cuff). The man wears a light coloured thobe (long shirt) topped with suspenders and a cartridge belt, and a patterned ghutra (headscarf) over his head and the back of his neck. The falcon, blinded with a leather hood, perches on the mangalah facing towards the background. In the sands behind them small shrubs and bushes grow in an expanse of soft rolling sand. 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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