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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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"Making the sale" by Eduard Ansen Hofmann

"Making the sale" by Eduard Ansen Hofmann

Hofmann's painting of a dealer and customer in the final stages of agreeing to sell a painfully naked slave girl is almost a companion piece to his The Slave Dealer.

Most Orientalist paintings of slave markets and sales show the male buyers and sellers standing and outdoors, but this image is more intimate, with the figures sitting or kneeling together, and the dealer's hands both gesturing in support of his attempts to settle her sale and hovering over the nakedness of her body.

Last modified 4 Jan 14, 6:53 PM by Tanos