MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg Kunstkamera On‑Line Catalogues. III. Towards the Description of Anton Sevruguin Photographic Collection (Dervishes Images)
Abstract. Systematizing the Sufi collections of Saint-Petersburg Kunstkamera, we drew attention to a series of 56 photographs of dervishes made in Persia in the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries by Anton Vasilievich Sevruguin (1830's—1933). They represent not only a serious historical and cultural interest, but also have undoubted practical value, giving to the hands of experts an important material for attribution of little-studied Sufi ritual accessories and elements of traditional garb of dervishes. The Sevruguin works present also some elements of dervish hierarchy and features of family relations in their milieu. The photographs preserved for us also the appearance of a number of outstanding Sufi figures — Sevruguin contemporaries. Careful study and detailed scientific description of both the Sevruguin works and photos of the dervishes from Turkey and Central Asia, also widely represented in the MAE collection, will give the researcher a diverse and interesting material related to the Sufi practices and way of life of a khanagah. Such work would also give possibility to check and improve seriously the documentation of the photographs from the rich collection of MAE RAS. At present, with certain confidence it can be argued that almost all the collections associated with Iran and registered in the MAE in the first half of the 20th century may contain Sevruguin's works.
Key words: Anton (Antoin, Antoin-Khan) Sevruguin (Севрюгин, Sevryugin, Sevrugian), photographic collection, Peter the Great Museum of anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, dervish, Sufi ritual accessories, elements of traditional dervish garb, late Qajar period
Acknowledgement. The study was realized in the framework of the scientific program of the International Centre for Islamic studies (St. Petersburg, Russia).
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