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'Vornehmner Kaufmann (Bevollmächtigter des Grossscherifs) mit seinem cirkassischen Sklaven'. Photographer: al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎13r] (1/1)

The record is made up of 1 collotype print. It was created in 1886-1887. 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 a merchant, likely a Meccan, described in the title as the representative of the Grand Scharīf, and his Circassian slave.

Both men wear embroidered or printed robes; while the man on the left’s outer robe is made of plain cloth, the merchant’s outer robe is made of material printed with a recurring, perhaps floral pattern and what appear to be embroidered lapels. He carries a string of beads in his right hand and wears a light-coloured turban. The man described as a slave wears a fez.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places, particularly in the face of the merchant. The original background has been substituted completely.

Temporal Context

The photograph was taken between March 1886 and February 1887, according to Durkje van der Wal in his publication Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje: The First Western Photographer in Mecca, 1884-1885 , Amsterdam : Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fund, Rijksmuseum, 2011, p. 36. This attribution is based on unpublished correspondence in the Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje Archive, University of Leiden Library.

Inscriptions:

Printed above image, in ink:

XI

Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Vornehmer Kaufmann (Bevollmächtigter des Grossscherifs) mit seinem cirkassischen Sklaven.’

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

249 x 185 mm

Format:

1 collotype print

Condition:

The print is in good condition.

Foliation:

‘XI’

Written in
German in Latin script
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'Vornehmner Kaufmann (Bevollmächtigter des Grossscherifs) mit seinem cirkassischen Sklaven'. Photographer: al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ghaffār [‎13r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/11, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023627936.0x000028> [accessed 4 March 2024]

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