Photo, Print, Drawing To Sinai via the Red Sea, Tor, and Wady Hebran. The willow of Ras Safsaf.

[ digital file from original photo ]

About this Item

Title
To Sinai via the Red Sea, Tor, and Wady Hebran. The willow of Ras Safsaf.
Contributor Names
American Colony (Jerusalem). Photo Dept., photographer
Created / Published
[approximately 1900 to 1920]
Subject Headings
-  Egypt--Sinai.
-  Egypt--Sinai
Format Headings
Dry plate negatives.
Notes
-  Title from: Catalogue of photographs & lantern slides ... [1936?].
-  Photograph taken in the closed valley below Ras El Sefsafa (Monacha, Biblical Mount Horeb), looking north and showing the chapel of the Holy Girdle of Virgin Mary (El Sefsafa). (Source: A. Shams, Sinai Peninsula Research, 2018)
-  Byzantine monastic structures are scattered across the plateau of Biblical Mount Horeb and Mount Sinai, including ruined buildings (dwellings), hermit cells, prayer niches, rock-paved paths, rock inscriptions and agricultural plots (water dams, reservoirs & cisterns, conduits and retaining walls) (4th-7th centuries CE). Medieval mountain chapels were built on the plateau between 9th and 10th centuries CE, including the chapels of Our Lady of the Storehouse (The Virgin Mary, Oikonimissa or Bursar), prophet Elijah (Grotto of Elias), St. Panteleimon, St. Anne (Banaya or El Madsusa) and St. John, while the chapels of St. Stephen, St. Marina the Virgin, St. Gregory and The Holy Girdle of Virgin Mary (El Sefsafa) were re/built in 18th-19th centuries CE, other than the ruined Byzantine chapels. The Gebaliya tribe traditionally followed a seasonal migration cycle until 1980s CE, herding on pastures at different altitudes. The dense vegetaion suggests the photograph was taken in late spring or summer. An estimated popopulation of 100 to 150 Nubian Ibexes dwelled in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula in 1970s CE and still frequently observed on the plateau in late 20th-early 21st centuries CE (wild animals in the vicinity: hyena 'uplands', wolf, fox, leopard 'extirpated', cat fleas, hyrax, hare, hedgehog, Egyptian spiny mouse, bat and feral donkeys). (Source: A. Shams, Sinai Peninsula Research, 2018)
-  Caption on negative: The willow of Ras Safsaf.
-  Date from Matson LOT cards.
-  Gift; Episcopal Home; 1978.
Medium
1 negative : glass, dry plate ; 5 x 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
LC-M32- 1674 [P&P]
Source Collection
G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
matpc 02077 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.02077
Control Number
mpc2004004395/PP
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-matpc-02077 (digital file from original photo)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
image
Description
1 negative : glass, dry plate ; 5 x 7 in.

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American Colony . Photo Dept, photographer. To Sinai via the Red Sea, Tor, and Wady Hebran. The willow of Ras Safsaf. Egypt Sinai, 1900. [Approximately to 1920] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/mpc2004004395/PP/.

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American Colony . Photo Dept, photographer. (1900) To Sinai via the Red Sea, Tor, and Wady Hebran. The willow of Ras Safsaf. Egypt Sinai, 1900. [Approximately to 1920] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mpc2004004395/PP/.

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American Colony . Photo Dept, photographer. To Sinai via the Red Sea, Tor, and Wady Hebran. The willow of Ras Safsaf. [Approximately to 1920] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mpc2004004395/PP/>.