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Portrait of Hamad bin Saadna ...

Portrait of Hamad bin Saadna ...
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Portrait of Hamad bin Saadna and two Rashid tribesmen sitting beside a cooking fire at the encampment of Muhammad, a sheikh of the Rashid Bedouin, near Bir al Tawil in the Ramlat ar Rabbad. Hamad bin Saadna (known by Wilfred Thesiger as Hamad bin Hanna) crouches at the left, holding his hands above the cooking pots on the fire. Hamad bin Saadna is a tribesman of the Bayt Hanna lineage of Rashid Bedouin. The man at the centre, holding a coffee cup, is one of Muhammad's sons. A third man sits at the far right with his head covered with a headscarf. Wilfred Thesiger and his men stayed with Muhammad and his extended family in the Ramlat ar Rabbad for a few days during their first crossing of the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) in December 1946.

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
Empty Quarter [Rub‘ al Khali]; Abu Dhabi Emirate; Al Gharbia Region; Ramlat ar Rabbad [Ar Rabbāḑ]; Bir al Tawil
Cultural Group
Bedouin Rashid Bayt Hanna
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
December 24-31, 1946

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