The costume of the skomorokh

The skomorokh is a Russian term which spans entertainers, musicians, buffoons, jesters, harlequins, minstrels or actors.  This is a 19th century depiction of a skomorokh and his costume by Apollinary Vasnetsov (1856-1933).  It isn’t clear if it is a portrait of an individual or simply a portrayal of the type.  

GAP MAP: a great deal more research is needed on the skomorokh and Russian fools in general (or at least made available in Western languages), although substantial work has been done on the holy fool in Russia.

 

Credit: The Costume of the Skomorokh (В костюме скомороха) (1882), Apollinary Vasnetsov (1856-1933), The Museum of Sunday (Музее «Воскресного дня»), Moscow, public domain

Credit: The Costume of the Skomorokh (В костюме скомороха) (1882), Apollinary Vasnetsov (1856-1933), The Museum of Sunday (Музее «Воскресного дня»), Moscow, public domain
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