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'Vornehmer indischer Kaufmann und türkische Beamte in Mekka'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎12r] (1/1)

The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in 1888. It was written in German. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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This group portrait shows an Indian merchant and three Turkish officials as well as a young boy. The title notes that the Indian merchant is ‘distinguished’ or ‘noble’.

While two of the men – seated at left and standing at left – each wear a janbiya at their waist under their outer robes, the man seated second from right holds a sword in its scabbard.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places. In particular the original background has been substituted completely, aside from elements of the rug on which they are standing and seated.

Inscriptions:

Printed above image, in ink:

X

Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Vornehmer indischer Kaufmann und türkische Beamte in Mekka.’

A circular 'British Museum' blind stamp is located in the lower right corner.

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

183 x 247 mm

Format:

1 collotype print

Condition:

The print is in good condition.

Foliation:

‘X’

Written in
German in Latin script
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'Vornehmer indischer Kaufmann und türkische Beamte in Mekka'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎12r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/10, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023627936.0x000026> [accessed 14 April 2024]

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