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'Pilger aus Baçrah'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎22r-a] (1/1)

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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 full-length seated portrait shows three pilgrims from Baçrah (latterly Basra or Basrah), in modern-day Iraq. They sit facing the camera.

The man on the right is dressed in a vertically striped robe with a sash at his waist and a turban of printed material on his head. The man in the middle wears a predominantly white checked robe with a mid-coloured outer robe open over it, a sash at his waist and a printed turban on his head. He holds a pen-shaped object in his right hand. The man on the left wears a dark-outer robe over several other layers of clothing. His head is covered by a keffiyeh (or ghutrah) held in place by an agal made of twisted cloth. In his left hand the man holds a pen-shaped object, spherically shaped at one end.

The three men are photographed in a courtyard-like space with foliage visible in the background.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Pilger aus Baçrah.’

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


103 x 138 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



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German in Latin script
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'Pilger aus Baçrah'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎22r-a] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/38, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 April 2024]

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