[Two officials from the Ottoman court] Balbadgi. Kislar Aga, Chef des Eunuques noirs.
[French, n.d., c.1828.]
Lithograph in fine early colour by hand. Sheet 280 x 220mm, 11 x 8¾".
The Ottoman court harem was under the administration of Black Eunuchs and White Eunuchs. Black Eunuchs were Africans who served the concubines and officials in the Harem together with chamber maidens of low rank. The White Eunuchs were Europeans from the Balkans. They served the recruits at the Palace School and were from 1582 prohibited from entering the Harem. An important figure in the Ottoman court was the Chief Black Eunuch (Kizlar Agasi or Dar al-Saada Agasi). In control of the Harem and a network of spies, the Chief Eunuch was involved in almost every palace intrigue. From Charles Deval's 'Deux annees a Constantinople et en Moree...'.
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