Monday, February 23, 2009

Bashibouzhuks

bashibouzhuks by anonymous
Bashibouzhuk is a vague term used for bandits, robbers and similar free spirits :-) during the Ottoman era. They usually raided villages, hotels (technically they are called hans) and caravansarays (caravan stop-overs).

This unsigned orientalist pencil drawing is roughly 40 years old. Experts could not decide whether it is a copy or a reproduction.

Estimated value: $ 175

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