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Large Mother-of-pearl Carved Colonial Military Souvenir Orientalist Trophy Zouave 19th

Large Mother-of-pearl Carved Colonial Military Souvenir Orientalist Trophy Zouave 19th
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"Large Mother-of-pearl Carved Colonial Military Souvenir Orientalist Trophy Zouave 19th"
Large shell mother-of-pearl (22 cm) finely carved representing in the center a zouave in military uniform holding with one hand his rifle with flint and bayonet and in the other the head of a decapitated man. On his right, tents erected with a flag with three bands (French). In the middle of the hills, in the background, a town with a fortress and minaret with a crescent moon. Water flows at the foot of the Zouave, the village surrounded by palm trees is an oasis in the middle of the hills. The sculpted scene is not located . But one can interpret it, like a morbid memory, of a colonial victory where the Zouaves illustrated themselves. Perhaps reminiscent of the battle, in 1849, at the oasis of Zaatcha in Algeria during the French colonization wars. Oasis, where the massacres on both sides, after a long siege, finish with the victory of the French army thanks to a charge of the Zouaves against the inhabitants who defended their village at any cost. After the massacre of the vanquished, General HERBILLON had the heads shot and beheaded by native Zouaves. The general insurrection stopped and the cholera ended to decimate the opposition (some oases lost ¾ of their inhabitants). In the end, several thousand people died and the village of Zaatcha was never rebuilt. On this shell is perhaps a zouave who participated in this event and holding in trophy the head of one of the heads beheaded .... Piece not common, a large part of the pieces with religious or regional theme or decorative POSSIBILITY OF SHIPPING, reinforced packaging strengthened, recommended with insurance and parcel number for tracking on the internet (shipping). SAONE ANTIQUITES 149 rue de la levée 01750 ST LAURENT SUR SAONE at 500 meters MACON (71000) open tuesday to saturday 3 pm - 7 pm and in the morning from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm if no customer quote (call before 03.85.39.21.47). Purchase sale restoration furniture, objects 18-19-20ème, succession, sharing, estimation, clearance etc

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Large Mother-of-pearl Carved Colonial Military Souvenir Orientalist Trophy Zouave 19th
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