A FEMALE YAKOUTI (A Yakut Woman). Back to 1803.

A Yakut woman in national costume

This is a print of a Jakut woman. It is one of 72 prints from the book: Costume of the Russian Empire, ... dedicated, by permission, to her Royal Highness the Princess Elisabeth, London 1803. PS. Click the image to enlarge.

Saying a lot of thanks to my Finish friend of mine, Fredrik Forsberg, who provided a book print scan copy and the A FEMALE YAKOUTI chapter text from the book «Costume of the Russian Empire.» And it was him, who colored his black-and-white print copy.

Further, please, read the chapter with information on the illustrated Yakut woman in a national costume.



HUNTING, as was mentioned in the-last description, together with fishing and the care of their cattle, form. the whole employment of the Yakouti; for they are ignorant of every means of cultivating the soil, nor indeed would the severity of the climate and barrenness of their land repay them; their labour. The women are in general, more active and laborious than the men, and they might. be reckoned rather good-looking, were it not for the smoke and grease about them, which make their complexion of a dirty yellow hue. The men are in general of a moderate size; some, however, are very tall; their face is flat and thin, their eyes small, and their beards generally black and thin. They are dull in their dispositions, and slow in their actions. They are religious according to their own system, which is that of Schamanism; are honest and placable. In their general character they are said to resemble the Mungalian nation as much as the Tartars; and some have asserted, that. they are descendants of the former; but those, who have resided some time among them, speak of them as Tartars, both on account of their language and other remarkable circumstances. They have, no written character, but the foundation of their language is certainly Tartarian, with a large mixture of Mungalian words. The Yakouti have no regular and fixed habitation; they seldom, however, change their stations during the winter. Their tents or houses are in the shape of cones, with a hole at the top, to let out the smoke from the fires which are made on the ground in the middle, and this also, is the only means of admitting the light. Their chief food arises from hunting and fishing, and their drink is called koumis; it is made from the milk of their mares, with a little water; a piece of the stomach of a calf, or colt, is also put in: they keep this constantly stirring, till it ferments, when it acquires a pleasant acidity; and, if taken in large quantities, it has an intoxicating quality.

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