Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All the Art

I download all of these lovely pictures to share with you, and then I get busy and forget the details behind them. So forgive me for these being a little low on explanation. (BTW, these are all in the public domain.)

Mademoiselle Aïssé, c.1694 – 13 March 1733. The daughter of a Circassian chief, she was kidnapped by the Turks (Ottomans?), sold into slavery, and was bought by the French ambassador to Constantinople, who took her back to France, where she grew up.

Sheretluko Kyzbech Tughuzique, Guz Beg, the "Lion of Circassia," 1777-1840.

Lezginka Kabardian--Adyghe Traditional Dagger Dance, Wikimedia Commons

Circassian Noblewoman

Map of the Cumans

Kabardin dance

The Terraces of Tiflis

Circassian Horsemanship

Circassian Coast Battle

Pyotr Nikolayevich Gruzinsky: The Mountaineers Leave the Aul

Is your hair pathetically blond? Try Circassian hair dye!
Looking like a Circassian was once considered very fashionable, because Europeans thought Cirassians were beautiful folks. Unfortunately, as noted above, this resulted in (or was the result of) many Circassian women and children being kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Cuman Camp, by Ivan Bilibin

Forced emigration of the Kalmyks to China in 1771 ( Charles Michel Geoffroy, 1845).

Khazar State (The Khazar state was officially Jewish for a while, leading to various, now-disproven theories about Jewish origins.)

Some Muslim art. I think I've posted this before.

On a different cultural note, have some masquerades. Heironymus Francken, Carnival in Venice with Dancing

Umberto Brunelleschi, 1913

This is not a masquerade. One of these men just happens to have a dog's head.

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