From Kalmykia in Russia’s past and present national policies and administrative system (Maksimov 2008: 131-132):
The broad Oirat faces and steppe-weathered garb on promenade must have sent a chill — some atavistic recollection of the 5th or 13th century — down the spines of their onlookers. So striking were these Bactrian-mounted cavalrymen that teen-aged witness Honoré de Balzac could not help but pen the short story “Kalmyks in Paris” (Vachnadze 1993), a piece that I’ve unfortunately not yet been able to locate.
In the following century, Kalmyk actor Iska Khan would make another Parisian entrance — albeit, like Valéry Inkijinoff before him, a little less dramatically.
Maksimov, K. N. (2008). Kalmykia in Russia’s past and present national policies and administrative system. New York: Central European University Press.
Vachnadze, G. N. (1993). Russia’s hotbeds of tension. Commack N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers.