In the year 1683, a large-ish Turkish army set up its headquarters on a small hill outside of the city of Vienna. The location is today a park, named Türkenschanzpark, or turkish ramparts park.
The relief army that eventually ended this Second Great Siege Of Vienna By The Turks (the first one had been 1529) was a microcosm of central European cultural diversity, containing Saxons, Bavarians, and, most famously, a whole lot of Poles.
Apparently, also Ukrainians.
The resting cossack sculpture in Türkenschanzpark, contributed by the Ukraine to the city of Vienna, is appealing for many reasons. I like it because it comes in two parts – you can see the cossack’s horse a few metres away in the pictures, grazing away on its own while the cossack is resting on the rock. Also, the cossack is not especially martial, except for his distinctive sabre: he carries a musical instrument on his back and is smoking a pipe.
As I have a keen interest in Central and Eastern European history, one place that I would still like to visit would be the Ukraine. During the thirty years before this cossack showed up at Vienna, the Ukraine had been a turbulent place: the Khmelnytsky Uprising that had ended the rule of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth had been followed by a long period of continuous strife, civil war, and foreign intervention. In 1686, three years after the siege of Vienna, a treaty (called Treaty of Perpetual Peace) again divided up the Ukraine between Poland–Lithuania, Russia and the Ottomans.
The 1:28 scale printout in the pictures was done on my Elegoo Mars in the original file size and took five hours. Also, I have added a second STL of the guy here because I could not resist highlighting some of the face details (especially that earring !) but technically that is no longer the pure scan result anymore !