Of Course Eight Feet are Needed for Dealing with an Ottoman


This satirical watercolor by the Italian artist Raffaello Jonni is part of a series of 79 original drawings by Jonni preserved at the Alessandrina Library in Rome. It portrays an eight-handed Turk, being attacked by four soldiers, a Russian, an Englishman, a Frenchman and an Italian. During World War I the Russian Empire, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, and the Kingdom of Italy were allied against a coalition that included the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Kingdom of Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire. The allied soldiers are kicking the Turk with four of their collective eight feet. The illustration is thus a pun on the Italian word for Ottoman, Ottomano, which sounds similar to otto mani, meaning eight hands.

Last updated: April 13, 2016