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The Female Slave Market in Constantinople (1 Mar)
From the slave market to the sultan's bedchamber (17 Feb)
Buying a new slave for your harem (4 Feb)
Odalisquian books list now on Odalisques.com (29 Jan)
Edward Lane's descriptions and drawings of female clothing (27 Jan)
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"The Arab Scribe" by J.F. Lewis, 1852
"The Bath" by J.L. Gerome, in the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
"Odalisque" by Max Nonnenbruch
"By order of the sultan" by Antonio Fabres
"Idle Moments" by Frederick Arthur Bridgman, 1875
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Most of these images are also pinned to our Odalisques board on Pinterest and tagged with #odalisques on Tumblr. Updates are usually posted on the Odalisques feed on Twitter and the Odalisques group on FetLife when new images are uploaded.

A Circassian lady
A Circassian lady
From "Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon, 1849. Expensive slave girls were imported into Egypt from the European fringes of the Black Sea including Circassia. Trained and bought as odalisques, they could rise to be a high status companion of their master and so a lady even if still a slave. In some cases they would go on to be freed and married.
A lady adorned with the kurs and safa, etc
A lady adorned with the kurs and safa, etc
From Edward Lane's "Modern Egyptians", 1836.
Ornamented black veils
Ornamented black veils
From Edward Lane's "Modern Egyptians", 1836.
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 1
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 1
Used in this blog. (p: Tanos; m: secretsmile_101)
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 4
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 4
Used in this blog. (p: Tanos; m: secretsmile_101)
"A reclining beauty" by Arthur Bridgman
"A reclining beauty" by Arthur Bridgman
An odalisque daydreams by the windows of the harem, during her siesta in the heat of midday.
"In the dressing room" by Ettore Simonetti
"In the dressing room" by Ettore Simonetti
An odalisque faces the eternal question: which slippers to wear today? She is aided by her (barefoot) slave.
"Almeh with pipe", Jean-Leon Gerome, 1873
"Almeh with pipe", Jean-Leon Gerome, 1873
mia and I saw this painting face-to-face during our New York trip last year.
"Odalisque" by Louis Courtat, 1882
"Odalisque" by Louis Courtat, 1882
Harem pool in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Harem pool in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
A view similar to Gerome's painting of Harem on the Terrace.
A slave waiting to be sold in Cairo
A slave waiting to be sold in Cairo
From "Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon, 1849: "Some miserable-looking black slaves caught our attention, clothed each in a piece of Isabel-coloured canvas and led by a well-dressed man, who had probably just bought them."
Boots, shoes, and pattens
Boots, shoes, and pattens
From Edward Lane's "Modern Egyptians", 1836.
Women of the lower classes
Women of the lower classes
From Edward Lane's "Modern Egyptians", 1836.
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 2
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 2
Used in this blog.
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 5
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 5
Used in this blog. (p: Tanos; m: secretsmile_101)
"Egyptian water carrier" by Arthur Hill, 1881
"Egyptian water carrier" by Arthur Hill, 1881
I suspect Hill was influenced by the "tob" full-body robes of transparent gauze that Edward Lane described 19th century Egyptian street dancers wearing.
Detail of "Picking the favourite" by Giulio Rosati
Detail of "Picking the favourite" by Giulio Rosati
From Picking the favourite, showing the central slave removing her clothing to reveal her body to the man off the right hand edge of this part of the painting.
"Dance of the Almeh", Jean-Leon Gerome, 1863
"Dance of the Almeh", Jean-Leon Gerome, 1863
Part of Gerome's painting showing a professional dancer performing for the pleasure of a group of soldiers in a cafe in Egypt. By the mid 19th century, the term almeh was used for the ghawazi women who danced in public and could be hired for private parties perhaps with sexual services included. Much later this tradition of dancing evolved into the cafe and cabaret belly dancing in Egypt that gave rise to modern belly dancing around the world. Gerome painted many almehs, but this is one of the few who is actually dancing. Most of his almehs are looking seductive in a street scene, in a way that [more...]
"Les Cherifas" by Benjamin-Constant, 1884
"Les Cherifas" by Benjamin-Constant, 1884
"The Odalisque" by Edmond Comte de Grimberghe
"The Odalisque" by Edmond Comte de Grimberghe
A stolen view of the inmates of a domestic harem in North Africa.
A lady in the dress worn in private
A lady in the dress worn in private
From Edward Lane's "Modern Egyptians", 1836.
Ladies attired for riding or walking
Ladies attired for riding or walking
From Edward Lane's "Modern Egyptians", 1836.
"A woman of the southern province of Upper Egypt"
"A woman of the southern province of Upper Egypt"
From Edward Lane's "Modern Egyptians", 1836.
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 3
Making a falaka stick for bastinado: 3
Used in this blog. (p: Tanos; m: secretsmile_101)
"The captive" by Alfred Plauzeau, 1920
"The captive" by Alfred Plauzeau, 1920
A newly captured girl waits in chains, ready to be sold into the slave trade and bought for a harem.
"Water carrier" by Isaac Snowman
"Water carrier" by Isaac Snowman
A domestic slave goes out to fetch water. She has a shawl ready to veil her face from any man but her master, and her body is adorned with cheap bangles and jewelery, but her low status keeps her barefoot even out doors.
"Picking the Favourite" by Giulio Rosati
"Picking the Favourite" by Giulio Rosati
There's also a magnified image of the two naked slaves showing the expression of the central girl as she disrobes for the man in red making his choice. This is very similar to Rosati's Inspecting the new arrivals.
"Harem scene" by O.D. Grover, 1889
"Harem scene" by O.D. Grover, 1889
"Favourite of the emir" by Benjamin-Constant, 1879
"Favourite of the emir" by Benjamin-Constant, 1879
"Harem Dancer", Gaston Guedy
"Harem Dancer", Gaston Guedy

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