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Arab shirt

  • Description

    The basic Arab male dress is a long, white shirt thob, sometimes embroidered at the neck. Wealthy men wear a second robe zebun over it. The headcloth is held down with a heavy decorative rope aqal, here made of gold thread wound around a silk core.

    This outfit [EA1965.176, LI077.2., and LI077.3.] belonged to T.E. Lawrence and was probably worn by him while with the Arab army 1916-1918. He worked closely with Emir Faisal (later King Faisal of Iraq) during the Arab Revolt (1916-18), and on his suggestion, adopted Arab dress:

    I was...[fitted out]…in splendid white silk and golden-embroidered wedding garments which had been sent to Faisal lately (was it a hint?) by his great-aunt in Mecca. (T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom Ch.XX)

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Arabian Peninsula (north) (place of creation)
    Associated people
    T.E. Lawrence (1888 - 1935) (recipient)
    Material and technique
    white silk, embroidered with silk
    width at sleeve 132 x 150 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by All Souls College, University of Oxford.
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  • Further reading

    Wilson, J. M., T. E. Lawrence "Lawrence of Arabia": Set of Slides with a Commentary and Biographical Notes by J. M. Wilson (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1976), cat. slide 5 on pp. 17-20, illus. slide 5


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