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'Mitglieder verschiedener Scherifenfamilien in Mekka'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎18r-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 portrait shows two men, described as ‘members of various shereef families,' i.e. a descendant of Muhammad via his daughter Fatima.They face slightly left, looking forward.

Both men wear dark-coloured outer-robes over a pale-coloured robes, open at the neck. Each wears a large janbiya held at his waist with a dark-coloured sash. On their heads they wear pale-coloured turbans and they each hold the handle of an umbrella or parasol in their right hands: that of the man on the right is pale-coloured while that of the man on the left is dark-coloured.


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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127 x 96 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-d] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/31, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 March 2024]

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