In the late nineteenth century, the majority part of what is today Kyrgyzstan was ceded to Russia through two treaties between China (then Qing Dynasty) and Russia. The territory, then known in Russian as "Kirgizia", was formally incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1876. The Russian takeover was met with numerous revolts against Tsarist authority, and many of the Kyrgyz opted to wove to the Pamir Mountains and Afghanistan.
From Giulio Ferrario's work Le Costume Ancien et Moderne ou Histoire du gouvernement, de la milice, de la religion, des arts, sciences et usages de tous les peuples anciens et modernes d'après les monumens de l''antiquité et accompagné de dessins analogues au au sujet par le Docteur Jules Ferrario".
Published in Milan by the author between 1816 and 1827.
This aquatint engraved plate was color printed on fine wove paper with additional hand-coloring.
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