Olonkho, Sakha heroic epos, in Timofei Stepanov’s painting The Upper World

Love visiting National Fine Arts Museum of Republic of Sakha-Yakutia (www.sakhamuseum.ru) in Yakutsk, Russia. Many paintings, sculptures, installatons.

Hereby, I am eager to show parts of one painting done by the well-known Yakut artist, Timofei Stepanov.

He was the first artist, who depicted the Yakut heroic epic called Olonkho in the series of paintings.

Olonkho is a heroic epic tale of the Sakha people. The poetic tales, which vary from 10,000 to 20,000 verses (or more) in length, are performed by the Olonkho singer and story-teller. Wiki.

In 2004, it was proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. UNESCO.

Timofei Stepanov was named as a Olonkho story-teller in fine arts. Indeed, one painting is like one big tale with many small stories. As a proof, see below fragments of the above piece called The Upper World.

Olonkho, Yakut heroic epos, in a painting by Timofei Stepanov

Olonkho, Yakut heroic epos, in a painting by Timofei Stepanov

Olonkho, Yakut heroic epos, in a painting by Timofei Stepanov

Olonkho, Yakut heroic epos, in a painting by Timofei Stepanov

Olonkho, Yakut heroic epos, in a painting by Timofei Stepanov

Olonkho, Yakut heroic epos, in a painting by Timofei Stepanov

Olonkho, Yakut heroic epos, in a painting by Timofei Stepanov

From last visit to the museum, I’ve got many photographs, so keep following.

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