Image No.
ABC 055
Collection
Afghan Boundary Commission
1884-86
Series
ABC Photographs, 001 to 057
Format

Sepia print, 135/202 mm

Quality
background faded, lower part darkened
Place, date
Bala Murghab, December 1884 to January 1885
Two Chahar Aimak men standing in front of a group of two-humped Bactrian camels, used for the transportation of the luggage of the ABC. In the middle of the picture is a pointed tent. In the background towers a chain of snow-covered mountains.
© Copyright image: Stiftung Bibliotheca Afghanica, CH-4416 Bubendorf
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Camels and Men at Bala Murghab

Two Chahar Aimak men standing in front of a group of two-humped Bactrian camels, used for the transportation of the luggage of the ABC. In the middle of the picture is a pointed tent. In the background towers a chain of snow-covered mountains.

[List:] 55. Persian (Mashhad) camels and men, Bala Murgháb.

    • The Graphic, Vol. 31 (1885/1), March 21, p. 306: “They [the camels] have to ford the river just below the British camp, a proceeding which is always attended with a good deal of shouting and noise. The water is not deep, but it is difficult to get them up the slope of the river bank, which is trampled into slippery mud. The camel is a very helpless animal on slippery ground, and a severe struggle, with many falls, always occurs before the top of the bank is reached.”; p. 312: engraving of the above-mentioned scene, “Arrival at the Bala Murghab of a convoy of camels from Herat.”
    • Yate, A.C. (1887): Travels with the Afghan Boundary Commission, p. 201: “[…] It is extraordinary how unpopular our transport service is with these people, notwithstanding the enormous hire they obtain. The Jamshidis and the Hazaras were, however, obliged to provide camels to replace those which we brought from Anardara and Sabzawar, some 450 in all. There is, however, one very good reason why the camel-owners here dislike being called on to fit us out with transport. They are not owners of baggage but of breeding camels. They own for the most part females, who are all, as we have found to our annoyance, far advanced in pregnancy at this season. Such camels are quite unfit for work, and many of them have dropped their young prematurely. […]”
    • Adamec, L.W. (1975): Herat and north-western Afghanistan, pp. 46-47: Bala Murghab; pp. 307-312: Murghab.
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    35°35ʹ37ʺ N / 63°19ʹ44ʺ E / 460 m
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    35.587620 / 63.327300
    Survey of India Map
    Sheet 29, Herat (1916): Bala Murghab, F 48
    © Copyright text:
    Stiftung Bibliotheca Afghanica, CH-4416 Bubendorf
     
    Authors:
    Paul Bucherer, Laura Albisetti, Mattias Hemmig, Hans-Ulrich Seidt, John Falconer, Bill Woodburn
     
    Engraving in The Graphic, Vol. 31 (1885/1), p. 312.
    Engraving in The Graphic, Vol. 31 (1885/1), p. 312.
    The Graphic, Vol. 31 (1885/1), p. 277.
    The Graphic, Vol. 31 (1885/1), p. 277.
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