Eunuch with a New Girl for the Harem

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Eunuch and Slave Girl Eunuchs, castrated or gelded men, were valuable features of a sultan's harem. Black eunuchs were preferred for duties within the harem, white used in administrative functions outside of the harem where contact with the women was limited.

This picture, from a very old chromolithograph plate probably correctly portrays what a harem eunuch would wear in public. I'm not sure about her dress, it looks Western - perhaps she is a new captive - about to be taken into a harem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2007-03-12