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Posts tagged "odalisques"

1 Mar 14   The Female Slave Market in Constantinople
When the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople in 1453 they kept the city's ancient name, and it only changed to "Istanbul" during the Turkish republic in the 1920s. The Ottoman Empire was built on slavery in many ways, not only because the bureaucracy and professional army were staffed by male slaves conscripted in the provinces, but also because the Sultans themselves were the sons of slave concubines kept in the Imperial Harem. [more...]
17 Feb 14   From the slave market to the sultan's bedchamber
"Magnificent Century" ("Muhtesem Yuzyil") is a long running Turkish television drama about the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century, including the life of the women in his harem. I've posted about watching the first episode, and included its bastinado scene in a post about making a falaka stick. Recently I watched Episode 65, the second installment of season 3, which includes that bastinado punishment, and I've collected clips which tell the story of another [more...]
15 Jan 14   Viewing "An inmate of the hareem, Cairo" and "The Hhareem, Cairo" at the V&A
I recently had an opportunity to view two of J.F. Lewis's paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum collection which are not normally on display. In the foreground is "An inmate of the Hareem, Cairo" of 1858; in front of my laptop is a preparatory study for "The Harem of a Mameluke Bey, Cairo: The Introduction of an Abyssinian Slave" from about 1850. The study only shows the harem master and his attendant women seated on the divan, and does not include the new slave girl slipping [more...]
12 Jul 13   Training odalisques
The definition of an odalisque that I've always used includes the concept of training: a female slave in a harem, trained to serve her master's pleasure, and assigned to sexual rather than domestic duties. This training is one aspect of the odalisquian world which can be adapted to modern O&P relationships, to form a basis for our own efforts to improve and mould submissives to be pleasing. But where was that training done? And what did it consist of? To answer these question we must follow the journey taken by new slave girls in large cities like Istanbul and Cairo. [more...]
28 Apr 13   Brass anklets for slaves and wives
Solid brass anklets appear in several different places in the Odalisquian world, and still appear in modern day slavery in parts of Africa. I've pulled together some of these appearances, not least because anklets are so popular as symbols of ownership in O&P and M/s relationships. [more...]
26 Apr 13   Turkish Delight
No harem room is complete without a bowl of Turkish delight at hand and a slave to keep it refilled. I've loved the stuff since a girlfriend brought me some back from Istanbul years ago. Now I have this brass bowl from Turkey in my own Hareem and always have a box or two in a draw of the sideboard. [more...]
8 Apr 13   Francesc Masriera and Maria Fortuny
I've blogged about mia and I going to Barcelona last weekend, and as I mentioned, one of the paintings we saw in the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC) was Masriera's "In the presence of the master" from 1891. I originally thought it might depict an ancient Egyptian subject, but I now see it as orientalist by comparing it with some of Masriera's other work. Maria Fortuny's "Odalisque" is usually also in the same gallery in Barcelona so I'll mention it too. [more...]
24 Mar 13   Six more paintings
Today I uploaded six more Orientalist paintings, showing domestic scenes and odalisques and slaves interacting with men who are reading or writing. [more...]
14 Jan 13   "Harem" by Colin Falconer
Colin Falconer's novel Harem (or "The Sultan's Harem") was a free Kindle download over Christmas so I had a look. Falconer is a bestselling author of historical fiction, which is a genre I don't often read, but I was pleasantly surprised. [more...]
10 Dec 12   The Octagram
One of my aims in posting all the paintings on Odalisques.com and FetLife, encouraging other people to post ones like they too, and creating the Odalisques group was to find useful ideas in amongst all this deeply attractive material. Useful in terms of real-life D/s-M/s-O&P relationships. On the Odalisques.com site is the Octagram - an eight-point distillation of key themes from this Odalisquian world which embodies this aim. [more...]

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