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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)
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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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"Trade in the desert" by Otto Pilny, 1913

"Trade in the desert" by Otto Pilny, 1913

The Swiss artist Otto Pilny traveled to Egypt twice as a young man and spent some of his time with Bedouin in the desert. He painted more than a dozen variations on the theme of slaves being sold in desert encampments, including this scene from 1913. Two Bedouin are haggling about the worth of two slave girls and a necklace. Both slaves are bound: one with bowed head and a leather thong around her arms and body; the other with half a yard of leather between her wrists.

Last modified 15 Jun 13, 10:22 AM by Tanos