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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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"The Nautch" by Edwin Lord Weeks

"The Nautch" by Edwin Lord Weeks

Nautch girls were originally trained dancers in India under the rule of the Islamic Mughal kingdoms, and frequently slaves. They could be hired to perform for men, given as gifts, purchased to adorn a man's harem, or even become free and independent performers. Weeks' painting shows a nautch girl dancing for the raja sat on a raised seat, surrounded by his court.

Last modified 23 Dec 13, 10:29 PM by Tanos