• Date: Late 18th, early 19th century
  • Material: wood
  • Technique: carving, painting
  • Dimensions: 108 х 41 х 41 cm
  • Inventory number: ZI 2822

This chest for clothes belonged to the leader of the First Serbian Insurrection. On the bottom of the chest is the dedication: "this is presented to the esteemed and worthy Prince George at Orašac because I am convinced that he has always been a valiant Serb..." Stefan I. Živković, was later one of the commanders of Karađorđe's troops and a Serbian envoy to Constantinople. During the reign of terror of the dahis he moved from Belgrade to Zemun, where he continued to trade and where he was at the outbreak of the Serbian revolution. His name is associated with the first supplies of arms to the insurgents in the Belgrade Pashalik, for it was through his mediation that priest Mateja Nenadović got from a Turk in Zemun, at the beginning of 1804, a quantity of "ready-made ammunition", which that Turk had prepared for use against the dahis. Živković also secured the permission of the Austrian authorities for its export. He engaged in similar activities later, too. Thus he bought, jointly with the Zemun painter and merchant Dimitrije Bratoglić, two cartloads of guns for the insurgents. Živković returned to Belgrade after it was liberated by Karađorđe. In 1811, however, he definitely broke with Karađorđe and joined his opponents. As chance would have it, after the collapse of the insurrection both of them found themselves in Zemun, or rather in the Zemun quarantine, where they had to stay before they could depart for Russia – Karađorđe via Fenek, and Živković via Karawallachia.

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