Unit 10: Absolutism / Peter the Great
The Barber
From "The Barber Wants to Cut the Old Believer's Whiskers." Woodcut. Ca. 1770.
The print depicts an Old Believer on the left, wearing traditional Russian clothing and with a beard. To his right, a barber wearing German attire attempts to cut off the Old Believer's beard. The text identifies the Old Believer as a schismatic (raskol'nik), who states, "Listen, barber, I neither want to cut my beard nor shave. Watch out, or I will call the guards to teach you to behave."


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