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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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"In the presence of the master" by Francesc Masriera

"In the presence of the master" by Francesc Masriera

My best guess is that she is a harem slave coming into the presence of her owner, with her plunging neckline revealing her breasts to underline her sexual subservience to him. There may also be a tear on her right cheek and her lips look as if they're trembling. Maybe this is her first time? Or perhaps his previous attentions are all too fresh in her memory? Or are they tears of joy at being noticed again?

Used in my blog about Francesc Masriera and Maria Fortuny.

Last modified 8 Apr 13, 9:33 PM by Tanos