Final Tawaf

The final tawaf (early 20th century)

The final tawaf (early 20th century)

British Museum 1948,1214,0.20

This colourful print shows pilgrims performing the final tawaf. On the left is the structure which encloses the well of Zamzam. Pilgrims are streaming through the Bab Bani Shayba, the red-and-white-striped gate in the centre. The flag of the Ottoman Empire flies from a building behind the Ka‘ba. This print appeared in Cairo Punch. Between 1910 and 1932 the magazine published a series of prints depicting important contemporary events in the Middle East.

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Arts and Humanities Research Council