Afro Pushkin

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This is second custom dunny I made for Alex from Moscow. It is depicting Russian author of romantic era , poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.  Critics consider many of his works masterpieces, such as the poem “The Bronze Horseman” and the drama “The Stone Guest”, a tale of the fall of Don Juan. His poetic short drama “Mozart and Salieri”  was the inspiration for Amadeus. Pushkin himself preferred his verse novel Eugene Onegin, which he wrote over the course of his life and which, starting a tradition of great Russian novels. “Onegin” is a work of such complexity that, while only about a hundred pages long, translator Vladimir Nabokov needed two full volumes of material to fully render its meaning in English. Because of this difficulty in translation, Pushkin’s verse remains largely unknown to English readers. Even so, Pushkin has profoundly influenced western writers.

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin became committed to social reform and emerged as a spokesman for literary radicals, this angered the government, he found himself under the strict control of government censors and unable to publish at will. He went to the Caucasus and to the Crimea, then to Kamenka and Moldova, where he became a Freemason. Here he joined the Filiki Eteria, a secret organization whose purpose was to overthrow the Ottoman rule over Greece and establish an independent Greek state. He was inspired by the Greek Revolution and when the war against the Ottoman Turks broke out he kept a diary with the events of the great national uprising.

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Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was born in Russian noble family in Moscow which traced its ancestry back to the 12th century but his great-grandfather, was Abram Petrovich Gannibal, Ethiopian servant raised by Peter the Great. This origin plus his hair and enormous sideburns inspired Alex to mash him with Afro Samurai Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takashi Okazaki. It was adapted into a 5-episode anime TV mini-series by studio Gonzo in 2007. The same studio also went on to produce a made-for-TV movie sequel titled Afro Samurai: Resurrection in 2009, which gained two Emmy nominations, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, which it won, and Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More). Samuel L. Jackson voice Afro in movie and tv series.

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I painted this toy on top of kidrobot dunny rabbit. I cut off his ears and sculpted his afro with super sculpey. His weapon of choice is pen. Notoriously touchy about his honour, Pushkin fought a total of twenty-nine duels, and was fatally wounded in such an encounter at age of 37.
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