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'Vornehmer Sèjjid in Mekka'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎15r-b] (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 of a bearded man at Mecca is described in the title as a ‘distinguished sayyid’. The man stands to his right but looks towards the camera. In his left hand he holds the ornate hilt of a sheathed scimitar.

He wears a plain, dark-coloured double-breasted outer robe across which a plaited sword strap is draped. He wears a janbiya at his waist and white keffiyeh held in place by a dark-coloured agal.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places. The original background has been substituted completely, except for the carpet on which the sitter’s chair is placed.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Vornehmer Sèjjid in Mekka’

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


130 x 96 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script
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'Vornehmer Sèjjid in Mekka'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎15r-b] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/17, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 July 2024]

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