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'Mitglieder verschiedener Scherifenfamilien in Mekka'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎18r-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 portrait shows a man, described as a ‘member of a shereef family’, i.e. a descendant of Muhammad via his daughter Fatima. He faces forward, looking toward the camera.

The man wears a mid-coloured outer-robe over a pale-coloured robe with a large janbiya held at his waist with a dark-coloured sash. His mid-coloured keffiyeh is held in place by an agal.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places. In particular, the background has been substituted completely and the pattern in the carpet on which he stands has been reinscribed.


Printed above image, in ink:


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

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1 collotype print
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128 x 95 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



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German in Latin script
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'Mitglieder verschiedener Scherifenfamilien in Mekka'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎18r-b] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/29, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 July 2024]

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