'Mekkanischer Arzt'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje


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The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in c. April 1885. It was written in German. The original is part of the British Library: Visual Arts.

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This full-length seated portrait of a bearded man shows a Meccan doctor, likely the photographer al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār, who collaborated with the photographer Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje.

He wears a plain, dark-coloured outer robe over a white buttoned undershirt and white cummerbund, with a pale-coloured turban on his head. In his right hand the doctor grips the handle of a dark-coloured umbrella or parasol. On his feet he wears knotted leather sandals.

The negative does not appear to have had hand-work applied, except for the background, which may have been substituted.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Mekkanischer Arzt.’

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

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1 collotype print
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132 x 972 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script

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British Library: Visual Arts
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c. April 1885 (CE, Gregorian)

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'Mekkanischer Arzt'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, British Library: Visual Arts, 1781.b.6/20, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023619120.0x00001b> [accessed 4 March 2024]

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