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'Pilger aus Pontianak (West-Borneo)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎29r] (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 full-length seated portrait shows four pilgrims from Pontianak, the capital of Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo. The man on the left is described as an Arab from Ḥaḍramawt who is based in Pontianak. They sit face forward on foldable chairs, looking towards the camera.

The man on the far right wears a waistcoat over a white mid-coloured shirt or thawb , trousers, sandals and a patterned turban. The man right of centre wears a white thawb over sandals and a patterned turban. He holds a scroll of paper in his hands. The man left of centre wears a button-up waistcoat over a white thawb , sandals and a patterned turban. The man on the far left wears a white thawb , turban and sandals. He holds two scrolls of paper in his left hand and wears a ring on the middle finger of his right hand.

The men are photographed in a courtyard-like space with plants – some in wide wooden pots – foliage and a window, fronted by bars, visible in the background.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded paint-like quality in places.

Inscriptions:

Printed above image, in ink:

XXVII

Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Pilger aus Pontianak (West Borneo) links ein dort ansässiger Araber aus H̱adhramaut.’

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1 collotype print
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193 x 228 mm

Format:

1 collotype print

Condition:

The print is in good condition.

Foliation:

‘XXVII’

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German in Latin script
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'Pilger aus Pontianak (West-Borneo)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎29r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/62, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023627936.0x00006b> [accessed 14 April 2024]

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