The storied life of nomads during the migration is one often told, providing strong imagery in our collective imaginations. Few photos exist documenting the movement of peoples in Asia, but curiously I've seen more of this type of photograph taken in Persia than elsewhere in Central Asia.

I wonder if it is really a 'migration' of sorts being documented here. A woman is seen in the wooden litter atop a white mule, perhaps seated with her husband? The umbrella being used to shield another woman from the sun suggests a later date for the photograph (early 20th century?). A village is seen in the distance, an oasis with trees, graxing livestock and probably tillable fields.