The Chechen From Black Mountains


The article is devoted to a drawing depicting a Chechen warrior in armour, armed with a shield and a sword. This image appeared in the popular scientific work "My Chechen-Ingushetia" in 1970. Since the 1980s this drawing has been unappellingly identified with the work by Ya. Pototsky's "Journey to the Astrakhan and Caucasian steppes". The work was published in 1829 after the author’s visit to Caucasus in 1792-1793. From that moment on, this interpretation became the standard, and for a long time neither the drawing nor the work by Ya. Potocki were not touched by researchers, despite the fact that the image was repeatedly published and interpreted as a typical weapon of the Chechens of the Late Middle Ages (XIII – XVIII centuries). In 2001, I. A. Askhabov in his work "Chechen weapons" compared this image with a very similar drawing of Khevsur belonging to the hand of M. Tilke, illustrating in it the similarity in military affairs and weapons of mountain Chechen societies and Khevsur. At the same time, it became obvious that one of the drawings served as a model for the second. There was a situation in which the image of a Chechen in armor, which had neither the time, nor the place, nor the conditions of creation, nor the author of the drawing. The authors of the article continued their search and found that this drawing was published by Amand von Freyer Schweiger-Lerchenfeld in 1887 after his trip to the Caucasus in 1876.

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Cultural development, technological development, socio-political transformations, globalization

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Mamaev, R. K. (2021). The Chechen From Black Mountains. In D. K. Bataev, S. A. Gapurov, A. D. Osmaev, V. K. Akaev, L. M. Idigova, M. R. Ovhadov, A. R. Salgiriev, & M. M. Betilmerzaeva (Eds.), Social and Cultural Transformations in The Context of Modern Globalism, vol 117. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 2311-2320). European Publisher.