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Of Course Eight Feet are Needed for Dealing with an Ottoman

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This satirical watercolor by the Italian artist Raffaello Jonni is part of a series of 79 original drawings by Jonni preserved at the Alessandrina Library in Rome. It portrays an eight-handed Turk, being attacked by four soldiers, a Russian, an Englishman, a Frenchman and an Italian. During World War I the Russian Empire, the United Kingdom, the French Republic, and the Kingdom of Italy were allied against a coalition that included the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Kingdom of Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire. The allied soldiers are kicking the Turk with four of their collective eight feet. The illustration is thus a pun on the Italian word for Ottoman, Ottomano, which sounds similar to otto mani, meaning eight hands.
Place: Europe; France; Europe; Italy; Europe; Russian Federation; Europe; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Middle East and North Africa; Turkey
Institution: Alessandrina Library
Physical description: 1 drawing : watercolor ; 63 x 81 centimeters