Seated portrait of an Arab falconer, a member of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's hunting party, holding a peregrine falcon in Al Khatam sands near Al Ain. A young Arab man kneels in sand, facing forward, holding a peregrine falcon perched on a mangalah (cuff) he wears on his hand. He is wearing a plain ghutra (headscarf) tied closely around his head and a thobe (long shirt). The falcon perches in profile on the mangalah, facing towards the left. In the background small tufts of vegetation grow across a large expanse of flat sand bordered by a line of trees in the far distance. This image was taken between December 20, 1948, and January 27, 1949, during which time Wilfred Thesiger stayed with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and joined him on a number of hunting excursions.
Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.