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'Damen in Haus- und Strassentoilette (Djiddah)'. Photographer: Siegfried Langer [‎27r-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 staged scene depicts two women in their very different public and private attire, as well as hinting at the latter's indoor activity.

The woman on the right reclines on a series of stacked embroidered cushions, holding the mouthpiece of a hookah in her left hand. She wears striped trousers with embroidered hems under a jalabiya , pulled up at the elbows. On her head she wears a striped turban; her hair is plaited. She wears a necklace of beads and filigree, a bracelet on each wrist, an armlet of beads as well as an anklet on her right ankle and rings on each of her little fingers.

The woman on the left wears hijab in the form of a dark-coloured cloak, striped with white around a white headdress that covers the face and head, except for the eyes. The part of the headdress covering the woman’s forehead is made of a strip of printed or embroidered material.

The scene is staged on a carpet, albeit in a courtyard-like space with plants – some in wide wooden pots – foliage, including ivy, and two windows visible in the background.

The negative has had hand-work applied, causing it to take on a soft-shaded paint-like quality in places.


Printed above image, in ink:


Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Mekkanerin im Brautanzug.'

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


137 x 97 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script
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'Damen in Haus- und Strassentoilette (Djiddah)'. Photographer: Siegfried Langer [‎27r-d] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/60, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 February 2024]

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