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An illustration from Chapter 1 of Harem
Girl depicting sex between a master and a harem slave girl.
Bikini Waxing in the Harem
Brazilian waxing of harem girls? Well
not exactly, at least not by that name. In the harem, removal of unwanted
body hair was known as smoothing and was done by plucking, waxing,
or sugaring. Read about the experience of one slave girl in Chapter 5
A collection of pictures depicting harem scenes. Some are
from orientalist paintings, others from more recent illustrations. From
this page you can search the full site.
What did the interior of a harem room look like? Chapter
6 of Harem Girl describes both the rooms the girls slept when
not called to the master's bedchamber and the master's bedchamber.
Another link to Chapter 6.
Harem girls and women spent their days, and possibly their whole
lives, within the four
walls of the harem courtyard. Here they whiled away time with idle talk and
gossip, played simple games, bathed, applied cosmetics, and readied themselves
for the evening when they would be in the presence of the master. A quiet sanctum
for the free, a guilded prison for the enslaved.
It was here that rivalries were formed and evil plots hatched against rivals.
- Relief Carvings
Bas-relief is a method of sculpting which entails
carving away the surface of a flat piece of stone to give a shallow
3D picture-like image. The ones shown here surrounded a harem bath
- reminding the bathers of what could be expected from them after bathing.
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