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Snake Charmer. Rifaiyeh. Ghager
William Vaughn Tupper Scrapbook Collection
On the Nile. Cairo to Luxor.
4098B.104 v31(p. 2)
Tupper, William Vaughn
Adelphoi Zangaki (Firm)
Scrapbooks; Albumen prints
1 photographic print mounted on page : albumen ; page 33 x 39 cm.
Scrapbook page contains one photograph of a snake charmer with a an Asp or Naja Haje.
Snake charmer. Rifaiyeh. Ghager. A distinct caste not to be confounded with the ordinary exhibitor or snakes in the streets of Cairo. This snake is called Maspero the Asp, by Bædeker the Cobra Da Capello. It is from three to six feet long. The skin about its head is movable and is inflated when ready to strike- Its bite is fatal. It is found in the desert and fields. As the Uræus Snake it was in ancient times a symbol of royalty. The Asp of Cleopatra is suppposed to have been the Cerastes a small viper.
Page description supplied by cataloger, derived from captions and/ or annotated information. ; No. 518 Charmeur des Serpen
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