Sculptures

Bashi-Bazouks

    Bashi-Bazouks

    Russia

    1877-1878

    Grachov, Vasiliy, K.F.Voerffel factory

    Bronze; casting, patinating

    42.1 x 44.9 x 26.3 cm

    On the bottom left side: "ЛЪП.ГРАЧЕВЪ". On the right side: "Зав.К.Ф.Верфель. Ст. Петербургъ"

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    The sculptural composition "Bashi-Bazouks" portraying two Turks with rifles in their hands, riding horses. (A Bashi-bazouk was a volunteer horse soldier, a guerrilla fighter in non-regular formations of Turkish cavalry. Bashi-Bazouks were notorious for their excesses and marauding to such a degree that the word Bashi-bazouk became a generic term to refer to a robber.) It is  a fragment of the composition "Bashi-Bazouks,  stealing  cattle from  Bulgarian peasants"

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