Buildings at Seiyun

Photographer: Wilfred Patrick Thesiger
Date of Photo: December 3-17, 1947
Continent: Asia
Geographical Area: Western Asia (Middle East and Near East)
Country: Yemen
Region/Place: Hadhramawt Governorate [Muḩāfaz̧at Ḩaḑramawt]; Wadi Hadhramawt [Wādī Ḩaḑramawt]; Seiyun; Al Kathiri Palace
Cultural Group: Arab
Format: Film Negative 35mm
Size: 35 mm
Acquisition: Wilfred Patrick Thesiger - Accepted as Art in Lieu of Inheritance Tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Pitt Rivers Museum, March 2004


View of Al Kathiri Palace in Seiyun. In the foreground a group of men stand beside piles of fodder in a large square at the front of Al Kathiri Palace. Many camels are couched in the square. In the background the palace is several storeys tall and has round turrets on the corners of the building.

Publications history

Publication - This image has been published in The Thesiger Collection: A Catalogue of Unique Photographs by Wilfred Thesiger (Dubai, 1991), p.12: 'Saiwun - 1948.' [PG 21/10/2008]

Contemporary Publication - This image has been published in Wilfred Thesiger, A Vanished World (London, 2001), pp.44-45: 'Saiwun, the largest town in the Hadhramaut, 1948.' [PG 18/08/2008]