Taras Shevchenko. Kara Tamak. Stained paper, pencil (15,9 × 29,3 cm). Kara Tamak. [1.VIII 1849]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 486.
Lower left – pencil inscription by hand Shevchenko: Kara Tamak W. c.. Top right ink marked: Number 117 – 21.
On the back bottom left pencil inscription: ravine Kara Tamak Aral.
Tract Kara Tamak (meaning "black valley") is located on the western shore of the Aral Sea, near Kum-Suat bay, now – Chelkar district, Aktobe region, Kazakh SSR.
Dated by the residence time of the expedition in the Kara-Tamak tract.
This area described by Butakov:
"The ravine itself, where the two edges are high and steep, located in a valley formed by the slopes of Ust-Urt and northern clay heights" ["Day notes of navigation A. I. Butakov on the Aral Sea in 1848 – 1849 years", Tashkent, 1953, p. 46].
Storage areas: collections of A. A. Kozachkovsky, V. P. Kakhovski, S. D. Brazol, V. Tarnowski's Chernihiv museum of ukrainian antiquities – № 249, Chernihiv Regional History Museum, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.
E. A. Sereda
After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, № 184 (image), p. 63 (note).