Karneyeff Toungouses sortant de leur Campement d’hiver
[Tungus leaving their winter camp]
Adam & Gros, Paris: Early 19th C.
10 x 14 inches, image
15 x 18.5 inches, overall
Members of the Tungus tribe leave their winter encampment in sleds pulled by reindeer across a frozen lake. The Tungus are an indigenous group of northern Siberian people, known since the Russian Revolution as the Evenk. When this print was made, they were a nomadic people, moving about the tundra with their herds of reindeer. They hunted sable and ermine, and made most of the necessities of life from raw materials in their environment. Title of the image, artist’s and engraver’s names are given in Russian and French.