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Everyday Kyrgyz Pastimes. Preparation for a Horse Race
This photograph is from the ethnographical part of Turkestan Album, a comprehensive visual survey of Central Asia undertaken after imperial Russia assumed control of the region in the 1860s. Commissioned by General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (1818–82), the first governor-general of Russian Turkestan, the album is in four parts spanning six volumes: “Archaeological Part” (two volumes); “Ethnographic Part” (two volumes); “Trades Part” (one volume); and “Historical Part” (one volume). The principal compiler was Russian Orientalist Aleksandr L. Kun, who was assisted by Nikolai V. Bogaevskii. The album contains some ...
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Postal Route in the Turkestan Krai
This photograph is from the ethnographical part of Turkestan Album, a comprehensive visual survey of Central Asia undertaken after imperial Russia assumed control of the region in the 1860s. Commissioned by General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (1818–82), the first governor-general of Russian Turkestan, the album is in four parts spanning six volumes: “Archaeological Part” (two volumes); “Ethnographic Part” (two volumes); “Trades Part” (one volume); and “Historical Part” (one volume). The principal compiler was Russian Orientalist Aleksandr L. Kun, who was assisted by Nikolai V. Bogaevskii. The album contains some ...
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Syr Darya Oblast. Tent of the Kyrgyz
This photograph is from the ethnographical part of Turkestan Album, a comprehensive visual survey of Central Asia undertaken after imperial Russia assumed control of the region in the 1860s. Commissioned by General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (1818–82), the first governor-general of Russian Turkestan, the album is in four parts spanning six volumes: “Archaeological Part” (two volumes); “Ethnographic Part” (two volumes); “Trades Part” (one volume); and “Historical Part” (one volume). The principal compiler was Russian Orientalist Aleksandr L. Kun, who was assisted by Nikolai V. Bogaevskii. The album contains some ...
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Syr Darya Oblast. Kyrgyz Yurt
This photograph is from the ethnographical part of Turkestan Album, a comprehensive visual survey of Central Asia undertaken after imperial Russia assumed control of the region in the 1860s. Commissioned by General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (1818–82), the first governor-general of Russian Turkestan, the album is in four parts spanning six volumes: “Archaeological Part” (two volumes); “Ethnographic Part” (two volumes); “Trades Part” (one volume); and “Historical Part” (one volume). The principal compiler was Russian Orientalist Aleksandr L. Kun, who was assisted by Nikolai V. Bogaevskii. The album contains some ...
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Syr Darya Oblast. Kyrgyz Migration
This photograph is from the ethnographical part of Turkestan Album, a comprehensive visual survey of Central Asia undertaken after imperial Russia assumed control of the region in the 1860s. Commissioned by General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (1818–82), the first governor-general of Russian Turkestan, the album is in four parts spanning six volumes: “Archaeological Part” (two volumes); “Ethnographic Part” (two volumes); “Trades Part” (one volume); and “Historical Part” (one volume). The principal compiler was Russian Orientalist Aleksandr L. Kun, who was assisted by Nikolai V. Bogaevskii. The album contains some ...
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Syr Darya Оblast. Wintering Kyrgyz near the Toi Tiube Highway
This photograph is from the ethnographical part of Turkestan Album, a comprehensive visual survey of Central Asia undertaken after imperial Russia assumed control of the region in the 1860s. Commissioned by General Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (1818–82), the first governor-general of Russian Turkestan, the album is in four parts spanning six volumes: “Archaeological Part” (two volumes); “Ethnographic Part” (two volumes); “Trades Part” (one volume); and “Historical Part” (one volume). The principal compiler was Russian Orientalist Aleksandr L. Kun, who was assisted by Nikolai V. Bogaevskii. The album contains some ...
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Yurts of the Nomadic Chahar People. Inner Mongolia, China, 1874
In 1874-75, the Russian government sent a research and trading mission to China to seek out new overland routes to the Chinese market, report on prospects for increased commerce and locations for consulates and factories, and gather information about the Dungan Revolt then raging in parts of western China. Led by Lieutenant Colonel Iulian A. Sosnovskii of the army General Staff, the nine-man mission included a topographer, Captain Matusovskii; a scientific officer, Dr. Pavel Iakovlevich Piasetskii; Chinese and Russian interpreters; three non-commissioned Cossack soldiers; and the mission photographer, Adolf Erazmovich ...
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Observing a Solar Eclipse on January 1, 1907, near the Cherniaevo Station in the Tian-Shan Mountains above the Saliuktin Mines. Golodnaia Steppe
This unusual photograph shows preparations for observing a total solar eclipse on January 1 (14 in the Gregorian calendar), 1907, at the Cherniaevo Station settlement near the Saliutkin Mines in the Tian-Shan Mountains. Located in Central Asia near the border between China and present-day Kyrgyzstan, the range derives its name from the Chinese for “celestial mountains.” The first Russian to study the mountains was the noted Russian geographer Peter Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, who explored the region in 1856 and 1857. The high elevation and clear dry air were ideal for observation purposes ...
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Full-Length Profile Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Turkman or Kirgiz, Standing on a Carpet at the Entrance to a Yurt, Dressed in Traditional Clothing and Jewelry
This photograph shows a young married woman of the Teke ethnic group, near the Murgab Oasis in the region of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan). Settlements along the Murgab River and the city of Merv (now Mary) were annexed by the Russian Empire in 1884. The woman’s festive attire includes a patterned robe and elaborate headdress. Her shoulders are draped with strings of beads. She stands on a woven carpet at the entrance to a kibitka (wattle yurt) made from reeds. The ribs of the frame under the felt cover are ...
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Adobe Buildings and Yurts, Field in Foreground, Trees in Background
Shown here are new structures of adobe brick within an oasis grove at the Tekin settlement, located near the town of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan), not far from the ruins of the ancient city of Merv. To the right is a group of mounds that appear to be dwellings, as well as the ruined walls of an old adobe structure. The earth in the foreground is parched, but fertile when irrigated. The nearby town of Bayramaly, in Mary Province on the railroad from Ashgabat to Tashkent, was known in the Russian ...
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Group of Eleven Adults and Children, Seated on a Rug, in Front of a Yurt
This remarkable portrait shows a family of the Teke ethnic group near the Murgab Oasis in the region of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan). The oasis takes its name from the Murgab River, which flows from Afghanistan into Turkmenistan and forms part of the border between the two countries.  Seated on the far right is the family patriarch, whose tunic displays three Russian medals. His wife is seated in the center. On the far left are his married son and daughter-in-law. The adults and children are dressed in colorful festive attire. Behind ...
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Woman in Traditional Dress and Jewelry Standing on Rug in Front of Yurt
This photograph shows a young married woman of the Teke ethnic group near the Murgab Oasis in the region of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan). Settlements along the Murgab River and the city of Merv (now Mary) were annexed by the Russian Empire in 1884. The oasis takes its name from the Murgab River, which flows from Afghanistan into Turkmenistan and forms part of the border between the two countries. The woman’s festive attire includes a patterned robe and elaborate headdress. Her shoulders are draped with strings of beads. She stands ...
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Two Men Standing on a Rug, in Front of Yurt
This photograph shows a father and son of the Teke ethnic group, near the Murgab Oasis in the region of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan). Settlements along the Murgab River and the city of Merv (now Mary) were annexed by the Russian Empire in 1884. The two men are dressed in festive attire, and the father displays three Russian medals. They stand at the entrance to a kibitka (wattle yurt) made from reeds, with a felt cover. The Teke were nomadic in origin, but some adopted a settled existence and served as ...
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Three Yurts, Man Seated in Doorway of Yurt in Foreground
These three large kibitka (wattle yurts) are made from reeds. The roofs are constructed of felt covers over wooden frames. The photograph was taken near the Murgab Oasis in the region of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan). The oasis takes its name from the Murgab River, which flows from Afghanistan into Turkmenistan and forms part of the border between the two countries. Settlements along the Murgab River and the city of Merv (now Mary) were annexed by the Russian Empire in 1884. In front of the yurt on the right is a ...
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Man in Uniform beside Building, Yurt in Background
This man in military dress and a distinctive tall sheepskin hat belongs to the Teke ethnic group. He is referred to as Dzhigit Ibragim (dzhigit being the term for brave warrior). Although nomadic in origin, some of the Teke adopted a settled existence and served as cavalry in the Russian armed forces. The rank indicated on the man’s shoulder boards appears to be the equivalent of a junior sergeant. He is armed with a cavalry saber, a dagger, and a pistol. In the background are wattle yurts made from ...
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Yurts along a Canal
In the late 19th century, the Russian Empire acquired large territories in Central Asia that became known as Russian Turkestan (comprised of present-day Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan). The region was suitable for growing high-quality cotton, and cotton production rapidly became a priority in the Russian development of the territory. The construction of extensive irrigation projects, such as this one on the Murgab estate near the town of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan), was essential to this process. The main source of water was the Murgab (Morghab) River, which flows northwestward from ...
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Two Men near Stone Structure, Yurt in Background
This photograph shows two men of the Teke ethnic group near the Murgab Oasis in the region of Bayramaly (present-day Turkmenistan). The oasis takes its name from the Murgab River, which flows from Afghanistan into Turkmenistan and forms part of the border between the two countries. The men are wearing high sheepskin hats and traditional robes of dark red. The seated man has a dagger tucked in his belt. Next to the men are outdoor pits for cooking pilaf in iron containers. Pilaf, or plov, is a dish known throughout ...
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Observing a Solar Eclipse on January 1, 1907 near the Cherniaevo Station in the Tian-Shan Mountains above the Saliuktin Mines. Golodnaia Steppe
This unusual photograph shows preparations for observing a total solar eclipse on January 1 (14 in the Gregorian calendar), 1907, at the Cherniaevo Station settlement near the Saliutkin Mines in the Tian-Shan Mountains. Located in Central Asia near the border between China and present-day Kyrgyzstan, the range derives its name from the Chinese for “celestial mountains.” The first Russian to study the mountains was the noted Russian geographer Peter Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, who explored the region in 1856 and 1857. The high elevation and clear dry air were ideal for observation purposes ...
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