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'Bettelnde Pilger aus Jèmèn'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎24r-a] (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 'begging pilgrims' from Yemen.

The man on the left wears a white thawb , turban and sandals. The man on the left wears a dark-coloured thawb and light-coloured turban. A white cloth hangs from his waist and a ring is visible on the little finger of his right hand. Both men hold frame drums (mazhar or tar) before their chests, which show the finger marks where they are struck.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing the image to take on a soft-shaded paint-like quality in places. In particular the original background has been substituted completely.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Bettelnde Pilger aus Jèmèn.’

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


139 x 98 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script
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'Bettelnde Pilger aus Jèmèn'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎24r-a] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/46, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 February 2024]

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