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Dahabiyeh at Luxor
Silver gelatin on glass
23.5 x 29.5 cm
Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Dahabiyeh at Luxor.
This unsigned plate is attributed to Antonio Beato. The dahabiyeh, a house barge, was recommended by Baedeker's Egypt guide as late as 1929 as the perfect accommodation for "travellers to whom independence of action and economy of time are more important than economy of money." The vessels rode low in the water, with passenger rooms, a dining salon, a library, and even a piano, located aft. The raised deck was reserved for the use of the passengers, and the lower deck was frequented by the crew of the craft. Dahabiyehs were slow-traveling vessels, and men and animals had often to tow them against the current of the Nile. As temperatures rose in the spring, the demand for the boats decreased, and most of the crews returned to summer farming until autumn again brought the return of tourists.

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