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Aimée, Danse du Ventre (Egyptian Dancer Performing Belly Dance)

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J. Pascal Sébah, Aimée, Danse du Ventre (Egyptian Dancer Performing Belly Dance), ca. 1880, albumen silver print, Gift of Mr. Donald Schubert, © unknown, research required, 89.28.6

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Title

Aimée, Danse du Ventre (Egyptian Dancer Performing Belly Dance)

Artist

J. Pascal Sébah (Turkish, active late 19th century)

Date

ca. 1880

Medium

albumen silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 10 11/16 in x 8 1/2 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

Turkish

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Donald Schubert

Accession Number

89.28.6

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

albumen prints

dance

photographs

portraits

Description

During the later nineteenth century, as photographic technology improved, photographers began traveling throughout the world to record aspects of different cultures. Travel photography was popular in Europe but extended as well to more remote locations in North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Here photographers documented sights considered “exotic,” including ancient ruins, picturesque landscapes, and the people who inhabited these regions. The photographs were sold to tourists on-site as well as to Western “armchair” travelers who craved images of unfamiliar people and faraway places. While such photographs sometimes encouraged the formation of false ideas about these foreign countries and their citizens, they also served as exciting proof of the rich diversity of the world’s many cultures.

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