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Accession Number
1980/1.210

Title
Untitled

Artist(s)
Pascal Sebah

Artist Nationality
Turkish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1880

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
14 in x 18 7/8 in (35.56 cm x 47.94 cm);18 3/16 in x 22 3/16 in (46.2 cm x 56.36 cm)

Credit Line
Transfer from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Subject matter
Flat, open desert and a bright, cloudless sky provide the mis-en-scène for this enigmatic, if not ominous, photograph. Life and death are here contrasted, as the stripped skeleton of a camel sprawls across the lower foreground of the image, signaling the perils of desert travel. These remains provide a warning for the living travelers who pass by in the background. Two distinct groups of figures on camelback, a pair on the left and a group of four on the right, have come to a halt at the same instant for reasons which are left ambiguous in the image. 

Physical Description
The skeleton of a camel lies in the foreground of this photograph, while scattered groupings of figures on camelback dot the desert landscape in the background. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Camelus dromedarius (species)
Egypt
camels
deserts
men (male humans)
natural landscapes
sand dunes
skeletons (animal components)
travel photography

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