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'Schēch für malaiische Pilger'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎25r-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 three-quarter length seated portrait shows a bearded man, described as the leading sheikh for Malay pilgrims. He faces right and looks up above the camera.

The man wears a dark-coloured outer robe over a shirt or thawb and a white turban on his head. On his left ring finger he wears a ring.

In the lower right corner of the scene an out of focus plant can be seen.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded paint-like quality in places. In particular the original background has been substituted completely, except for the carpet on which his chair stands. In addition, the men’s feet have been cut out of the frame.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

'Schēch für malaiische Pilger'

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


126 x 95 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script
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'Schēch für malaiische Pilger'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎25r-b] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/51, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 June 2024]

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