The photo was taken by a Western missionary during the Grand Uprising (Second Zeytun Resistance) from winter 1895-1896. The Armenians from Zeytun, fearing the prospect of massacre, took up arms to defend themselves from Ottoman troops.
Eghisabet Sultanian is the great grandmother of musician Derek Sherinian.
In this photo, Eghisabeth Sultanian is on the left, has a revolver tucked into her belt; on the right, the warrior woman is 17-yr old Anazon Yaqoubian of Zeytun, the granddaughter of Sérovpé Agha Yaqoubian 1831-1897, the youngest brother of Meguertitch Ichkhan Yaqoubian. Meguertitch Agha was the Prince of Karghalar Taghamas of Zeytoun, 1852-1869.
Vahé Achikian – Zeytun Collection