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ARC.pp 166
ARC.pp 166

Photograph of the Damascus Mahmal

ARC.pp 166

late 19th century

ARC.pp 166

Photograph of the Damascus Mahmal

ARC.pp 166

late 19th century

   

35.6 x 28 cm

The tradition of sending a mahmal with the pilgrim caravans was continued by the Ottomans after their conquest of Egypt. The ‘Damascus’ mahmal symbolized the authority of the Ottoman sultans in Istanbul in the same way as the mahmal that travelled from Cairo (see TXT 289 and TXT 442).