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'Pilger aus Mandaïling (Sumátra)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎37r] (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 seated portrait shows thirteen pilgrims from Mandaïling, Indonesia. They squat face forward, looking towards the camera.

All the men wear white or patterned turbans, except for the man at far right who wears a skull cap. They also all wear white shirts, thawbs or dark jackets, trousers and sandals. Two of the men (third and sixth from left) wear checked or patterned shawls. All eight men whose hands are visible hold piece of folded paper or scrolls.

The men 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 Mandaïling (Sumátra).’

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

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1 collotype print
Physical characteristics


179 x 250 mm


1 collotype print


The print is in good condition.



Written in
German in Latin script
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'Pilger aus Mandaïling (Sumátra)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎37r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/70, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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