Image: Brooklyn Museum
While the camels in this photograph seem quite happy to smile for the camera, their human riders don’t look so sure. The two men shown here are Arabs on their way to Sakkara, south of Cairo. Their mode of transport, the camel, has been used in Egypt for centuries. Yet these animals are not just practical beasts to the Egyptians (who also consider them sacred symbols of patience, perseverance, and survival); no, camels have also been handy sources of protein.