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Unidentified man of high rank, Oman or Yemen, circa 1870s.

Old bearded fisherman near Sohar, Oman (by Eric Lafforgue, via Flickr)

The Kingdom of Khotan was an ancient Buddhist kingdom located on a branch of the Silk Road along the southern edge of the Taklamakan desert in the Tarim basin (present day Xinjiang, China). The kingdom existed for over 1,000 yrs until it was conquered by Muslim invaders in 1006.

"Researchers still haven't determined whether this happened in 1799 or 1115 and they don't even know where the photo was taken".

Etude Mauresque. Jeune fille allongée. Tirage argentique d'époque. Circa 1895

Africa | Portrait of a young Surma man, Western Omo. Ethiopia. | © Mario Gerth