[Late 19th century]. 65x88,5cm. Some tears of edges, vertical crease in center with small hole, small fragment of right edge lost. Handwritten note “303. Mamaevo poboishche” citing to Rovinsky’s reference book listing an early lubok on the same event. Otherwise very good.
A lithographic lubok on a popular historical topic, the Battle of Kulikovo. “Synopsis, sheet 121” printed in a left upper corner explains from what source this text is reproduced – the Kyivan Synopsis of 1674. It is considered to be the first textbook on the subject of Russian history written in any Slavic language.
Russian chronicles were poorly presented in lubok prints, except for some separate legends, including one retelling the Mamai (Kulikovo) battle. Feuds of individual principalities were not in the interest of folks, but in 1380 united forces of Russian principalities under command of prince Dmitry of Moscow had ceased the Mongol domination over Rus’. This story of “the blessed liberation of Slavic people from the Yoke” was incredibly popular.
For the first time, a lubok print on the topic was released in the mid-18th century, publishing the same text but different images. This late 19th century lithograph features a detailed picture of Russian forces. Among them, units of Yaroslavl and Belozersk princes are marked.