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'Pilger aus Ambon, Kei und Banda'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎32r] (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 five pilgrims from Ambon, the Kei (Kai) Islands and Banda (perhaps in Aceh province) in Indonesia as well as a Meccan woman. The men face forward, looking towards the camera, while the woman averts her eyes.

From right to left the men wear: a white thawb , dark waistcoat with a metal hoop hanging from the right side and patterned turban; a white turban, dark jacket and white thawb over checked sarong; a white thawb over white trousers and dark turban; a white thawb over white trousers and patterned turban; a white jacket over a checked sarong and white trousers. The man to the far left, the man second from right and the man third from right hold pieces of paper or booklets in their hands. The man second from left holds a scroll in his left hand as well as a dark-coloured umbrella. The man second from right, too, holds a dark umbrella.

The Meccan woman wears a mid-coloured dress, perhaps of silk, with white decorative cuffs, with a white striped waistcoat over it and a patterned turban. The waistcoat appears to have two metal hoops on either side of her waist sewn into it. On her feet she wears shoes. The group are photographed in a courtyard-like space with plants – some in wide wooden pots – foliage and a window, fronted by bars, 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:

'Pilger aus Ambon, Kei und Banda. links der Sohn eines Ambonesen mit einer Mekkanerin.’

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

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1 collotype print
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196 x 247 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



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German in Latin script
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'Pilger aus Ambon, Kei und Banda'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎32r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/65, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 February 2024]

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