Photograph

Viljo Hakulinen (photo), Alpo Sailo (architect)

Shemeikka (6) karelia (1) pedri shemeikka (1) bank of finland (1) kalevala (5) poem singer (1) statue (1) Väinämöinen (3) border karelia (1) weeper (1)


As a model for his work, sculptor used the most famous of the poem singers of Border Karelia, Pedri Shemeikka (1825–1915), who enjoyed almost a cult-like status among enthusiasts of Karelian culture. In his older age, Pedri Shemeikka looked very much like the "steadfast old Väinämöinen" of the heroic poems of Kalevala.

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