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type: engraving
width in cm:9.0
height in cm: 9.0
artist: Georg Wilhelm Baurenfeind
engraved by: Georg Wilhelm Baurenfeind
The dancers here belong to the Ghawazee, the famous female dancers often escribed in Western travelers' accounts of Egypt since the 18th century. At that time professional female dancers of both Cairo and the countryside were called "Ghawazee". The term Ghawazee is still used in Egypt and describes the dancers of the countryside still performing in the traditional manner. Unlike the bellydancers of Egyptian city nightclubs they didn't add anything to their repertoire from ballet, Hindoustani, Latin American or modern dance. The music they use is is provided by deff, derboukka and mizmars (high pitch oboe-like instrument). Ghawazee dance on a rhythm commonly known in south and middle Egypt as saïdi.

Scientific research in Arabia began with the Danish expedition of 1761-1766. King Frederick V of Denmark sent out what we today would call a multidisciplinary team, composed of a philologist, a doctor of medicine, an artist, and a mathematician-astronomer named Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815), the sole survivor of the expedition to 'Arabia Felix'. Among the members of the expedition Georg Wilhelm Baurenfeind, a drawer and painter. His engravings illustrated "Description de l'Arabie d'après les observations et recherches faites dans le pays même." or "Arabia Felix" as the account of their expedition was commonly entitled.

They stayed for several years, but they also visited Syria, Mesopotamia, even far away Persopolis and Bombay. Returning across the Indian Ocean, they stopped off at Jidda on the Red Sea before crossing over into Egypt. Niebuhr's account, published in Copenhagen in 1774-1778, and followed by a French translation published in Amsterdam in 1780, spurred further research on Arabia.

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