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'Pilger aus Baẖrain; in der Mitte ein Schēch aus Kabul'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎22r-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 shows three pilgrims from Bahrain, as well as a sheikh from Kabul in Afghanistan. They sit face forward, looking towards the camera, except for the man on the right, who faces slightly to his left and sits on a folding metal chair.

The man on the right is dressed in an outer robe over a pale-coloured thawb , a dark-coloured headdress and leather shoes. The moustached man at centre, identified as the sheikh from Kabul, wears a dark-coloured outer robe over a white shirt held by a sash at the waist, a white turban and sandals. The man on the left wears a mid-coloured outer robe about his shoulders and knees, a pale-coloured thawb or shirt and a patterned headdress/turban. He appears to be blind or partially sighted in his left eye.

The three men are photographed in a courtyard-like space with foliage visible in the background.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded quality in places, in particular, the shirt of the man at centre.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Pilger aus Baẖrain; in der Mitte ein Schēch aus Kabul.’

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

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1 collotype print
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104 x 138 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



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German in Latin script
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'Pilger aus Baẖrain; in der Mitte ein Schēch aus Kabul'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎22r-b] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/39, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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