In his exploration of the history of nomadic civilisation, the artist often refers to the topic of warriors and chieftains. Within this theme he gives sculptural expression to the unity and struggle of opposites (Yin and Yang, He and She, He Centaur and She Centaur). Amazonka offers a new personification of this subject, which is one of the main strands in his art.
Namdakov was prompted to the image by the story of the Saka nomads who once inhabited the steppes of Kazakhstan. As legend has it, some Saka troops consisted of female fighters (Amazons). Their leader, Tomyris, gained great glory by her valour and military ingenuity, which allowed her to defeat the great Persian king Cyrus.
The composition of the sculpture is classical and understated. An attractive woman’s head is enclosed in a helmet shaped as a panther’s head. The calm expression of her well-proportioned face contrasts with the helmet, rendered as a mask of a predator with grinning jaws. It looks as though the Amazon is about to lower her terrible visor and turn into a terrifying warrior, the protector of her people.