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Taras Shevchenko

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Turkmen abas (2)

Taras Shevchenko. Turkmen abas

Taras Shevchenko. Turkmen abas. Stained paper and pencil (12.2 × 27.1 cm). [27.V 1851 – 1855]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 558.

Top right ink marked: Number 117 – 106.

Similar sketches done by Shevchenko in Hanga Baba, Agaspejar, Dolnapa valley and near Novopetrovsk fort (see number 4, 7, 76, 105, 126, 127, 128, 134).

According to Br. Zaleski, there were many cemeteries with various tombs (aba-s), crypts and tombstones in the peninsula Mangyshlak:

"Mausoleums of the custom, common in this part of the desert, built of small stones cemented with sand, clay and pottery with lime and covered with well- hewn slabs of chalk. Entrance made so low that it is necessary to bend double to get into it, always open wide" [album «La vie des steppes Kirghizes», Paris, 1865, p. 55].

In the literature figure known by descriptive title: "Among the steppe leafless tree and stone construction" ["Catalogue of V. Tarnowski's museum of ukrainian antiquities", Vol. II, Chernigov, 1900, p. 185, № 323].

Storage areas: V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – № 323, Chernihiv Historical Museum, Institute of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv – Kyiv, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

I. M. Verykivska, G. P. Palamarchuk, N. P. Prokopenko

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1964, Vol. 9, № 129 (image), p. 61 – 62 (note).