Men from Hejaz in traditional Arabian dress.

Traditional Arabian dress. Arab burnus costume. Bedouin Caftan and Turban.

Men from Hejaz 1850.

Men from Hejaz (Saudi Arabia) in traditional Arabian dress.

Note:  Traditional Moorish costumes 1850s.

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