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'Kātib (Schreiber) des Grossscherifs'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎15r-d] (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 shows a scribe of the Grand Sharīf, who indicates his profession by posing with a piece of paper in his left hand while dipping his pen in inkwith his right.

He wears a plain, dark-coloured outer robe fastened at his waist with a pale-coloured turban on his head. To his right a three-legged, octagonal table carries a rectangular tray of pots. The surface of the table may be inlaid.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places. In particular, the man’s feet have been over-drawn due to overexposure at the lower edge of the photograph.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

'Kātib (Schreiber) des Grossscherifs'

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


130 x 97 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script
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'Kātib (Schreiber) des Grossscherifs'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎15r-d] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/19, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 July 2024]

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