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King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia boards a U.S. Navy destroyer at Jidda Bay and steams north to meet President Roosevelt at the Suez Canal, March 1945
Gelatin silver print on paper
6 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (16.19 x 23.81 cm)

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.837

Accompanied by nearly 50 retainers, King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia boards a U.S. Navy destroyer at Jidda Bay in his homeland. They sailed north to meet President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Suez Canal. During the two-day voyage, the royal guest and his entourage were housed in a tent on the deck of the ship. They introduced many Oriental notes to the Occidental war vessel, such as sleeping on rugs and slaughtering sheep and cooking over charcoal braziers in the open air. In strange contrast to the modern efficiency of the destroyer, an Arabian servant slaughters sheep on the fantail of the ship, in the age-old manner of his culture. Other sheep ‘graze’ on the hard deck in the foreground. To add to the incongruity, a battle helmet is ‘checked’ at the left, March 1945.

Sheet: 8 1/16 x 9 7/8

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