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Ernst Herzfeld (1879-1948)
Petra (Jordan): View of the Palace Tomb (left) and the Corinthian Tomb (right), Set into the Rock-Face of the Jabal Al-Khubtha
Black & white glass negative
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Local numbers: FSA A.6 04.GN.3843, Gift of Ernst Herzfeld, 1946, Identifier: FSA.A.06, ItemFSA A.6 04.GN.3843
Handwritten notes accompanying related print in photo file 14, vol. 2 reads, "Petra."
Additional information from Finding Aid reads, "Subseries 4.14: Photo File 14 (2 vols.), "Syria: Architecture & Inscriptions," Subseries 4.14.2: vol. 2; Image No. 166 (Negative Number: 3843). Petra. Tombs, closer view of left section of No.171."
As early as 1893, Ernst Herzfeld, Moritz Sobernheim, and Max Freiherr von Oppenheim participated in Max Van Berchem's project to create a Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum. During the following 25 years, research materials such as glass negatives, photographic prints, drawings, maps, and notebooks were circulating among the four archaeologists. In the case of this glass negative, it may have been taken by Moritz Sobernheim on a visit to Petra between 1899 and 1908."