'Pilger aus Batjan (Molukken)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje

1781.b.6/66

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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 the island of Batjan (Bacan) in the Molucca Sea, Indonesia. One is described as the son of the Sultan, another the uncle of the prince and the third ‘a priest’. The men face forward, looking towards the camera.

The man on the right wears a white thawb held at a sash at the waist, a mid-coloured jacket, white turban bad shoes. He holds a dark-coloured umbrella in his left hand and a handkerchief in his right. The man at centre wears a white thawb and white trousers, a white turban, dark-coloured jacket, decorated at the hem and leather shoes. He wears a ring on the ring finger of his right hand. The man on the left wears a dark coloured outer robe over a white thawb , a white turban and sandals.

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:

XXX

Printed beneath image, in ink:

'Pilger aus Batjan (Molukken) Sohn des Sultans, Oheim des Prinzen und ein Priester.’

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

Extent and format
1 collotype print
Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

195 x 245 mm

Format:

1 collotype print

Condition:

The print is in good condition.

Foliation:

‘XXX’

Written in
German in Latin script
Type
Photograph

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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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Unrestricted

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1781.b.6/66

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1888 (CE, Gregorian)

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