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1478
Cankurtaran, Topkapı Palace Harem, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Ottoman Imperial Harem
Introduced in Turkish society with Islam, harem (“forbidden”) — the Sultan’s private household of wives, concubines and children — was a key symbol of his power. But its inhabitants wielded political power of their own.
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In the Harem, painted by Juan Gimenez Y Martin (1858-1901), is a pretty solid depiction of the space occupied by the Ottoman Empire Harem, the Sultan’s opulent inner sanctum which housed his wives, concubines, children, sisters, and mother, under the faithful protection of black eunuchs.

Equally, though, it reveals Western inclinations to exoticize this unfamiliar domestic and political institution, in classic Orientalist style.

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In the Harem, painted by Juan Gimenez Y Martin (1858-1901), is a pretty solid depiction of the space occupied by the Ottoman Empire Harem, the Sultan’s opulent inner sanctum which housed his wives, concubines, children, sisters, and mother, under the faithful protection of black eunuchs.

Equally, though, it reveals Western inclinations to exoticize this unfamiliar domestic and political institution, in classic Orientalist style.

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