Abd Al-Ghaffar | photograph of the Kabbah at Mecca, c.1885
Abd Al-Ghaffar | photograph of the Kabbah at Mecca, c.1885
Abd Al-Ghaffar | photograph of the Kabbah at Mecca, c.1885
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Abd Al-Ghaffar | photograph of the Kabbah at Mecca, c.1885

Estimate: 3,500 - 4,000 GBP

Abd Al-Ghaffar | photograph of the Kabbah at Mecca, c.1885

Estimate: 3,500 - 4,000 GBP

Lot Sold:6,875GBP

Lot Details

Description

MECCA--AL-SAYYID ABD AL-GHAFFAR

Photograph of the Haram al-Sharif and Kaaba at Mecca, c.1887


ALBUMEN PRINT (188 x 242mm.), captioned in Arabic on the mount 'Prayer around the Kaaba', minor creases and spotting


A RARE PHOTOGRAPH BY THE FIRST ARAB PHOTOGRAPHER OF MECCA. Abd al-Ghaffar is the earliest known photographer from Mecca and the first resident to photograph the holy city. He ranks alongside Mohammed Sadiq Bey and Snouck Hurgronje, as a pioneer photographer of the holy sites of Islam in Arabia.

Condition Report

Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.


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