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Excavation of Samarra (Iraq): Shiite Shrine Complex: View of Caliph Al-Nasir li-Din Allah's Inscription in the Serdab of the Shrine of Imam Al-Mahdi

Catalog Data

Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
Collection Creator:
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1879-1948  Search this
1 Item (photographic print, b&w, 11.8 cm. x 16.9 cm.)
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Sāmarrāʼ (Iraq)
Iraq -- Salah ad-Din -- Samarra -- Shiite Shrine Complex.
Scope and Contents:
- Original Caption transcribed by Joseph Upton reads, "384. Sardāb des Mahdi (In blue: 66 der Ghaibat al-Mahdi, Inschrift des Nāṣir congruent to 481."
- Original photograph number given in red reads, "384."
- Original photograph number given in blue, possibly indicating a revision, reads, "66."
- Additional information from Archives staff reads, "No existing negative."
In early 1970s, Joseph Upton has organized the prints in sequential number following planned but never published volumes of the "Die Ausgrabungen von Samarra" series to deal with the architecture of the palaces, mosques and private houses. In early 1990s, FSg Archives re-numbered the pages included in the photo file folders and re-housed them in document boxes, stored on shelves.
Local Numbers:
File 23-01-5 FSA A.06 04.PF.23.005
- Accession number and title are provided by Xavier Courouble, FSg Archives cataloger, based on Joseph Upton's Catalogue of the Herzfeld Archive.
- Photo File 22 and Photo File 23 were arranged in Albums labeled "Paläste und Moscheen-I and -II", respectively. These two Albums apparently were arranged by Herzfeld with a view to a publication of the architecture of the palaces, mosques and private houses of Samarra which was never prepared. According to Joseph Upton, the only identification, written on the backs of the prints which were glued to the Album page, had a first number in red crayon used in the captions as the negative number. In some cases, an additional number is given in blue crayon, possibly indicating a revision of the list or an alternative negative. A set of photograph duplicates, with handwritten annotations, in black, red, and blue, seem to confirm Upton's findings.
- Additional information from Archives staff reads, "No existing negative."
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Prints related primarly to the second campaign of excavation at Sāmarrāʼ (Iraq), carried out by Ernst Herzfeld on behalf of the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin in 1913.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Architecture  Search this
Art of the Islamic World  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Mural painting and decoration  Search this
Religious buildings  Search this
Inscriptions  Search this
Inscriptions, Arabic  Search this
Photographic prints
Collection Citation:
Ernst Herzfeld Papers. FSA.A.06. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Ernst Herzfeld, 1946.
FSA.A.06, Item FSA A.06 04.PF.23.005
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Ernst Herzfeld Papers
Ernst Herzfeld Papers / Series 4: Photographic Files / 4.23: Photo File 23: Samarra: Paläste und Moscheen--II / The Shrine and mosque in Samarra
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives