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'Mekkanerin'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎27r-a] (1/1)

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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 a woman from Mecca. She sits face forward, looking towards the camera.

She wears a pale-coloured shirt with decorative details at the cuffs, which is pulled up at the elbows. Around her shoulders and across her lap a translucent black gauze shawl is slung. Underneath this she wears vertically striped trousers. Her headdress is of printed or embroidered material. She wears rings on the little finger of her left hand and on the ring finger of her right hand .

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded paint-like quality. In particular the original background has been substituted completely, except for the carpet on which her chair stands.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath 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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137 x 96 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



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German in Latin script
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'Mekkanerin'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎27r-a] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/57, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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