Ottoman Illustrations from:

I Turchi. Codex Vindobonensis 8626

Sultan’s Favourite Wife

The Sultan’s Favourite Wife sits with her attendants with her slippers on the floor before her bare feet. She is the only one in the picture wearing a tight-sleeved under-kaftan (all the rest, you can see only their gomlek sleeves under their short-sleeved kaftan). Her upper kaftan is red with a large bold circular pattern while her attendants’ are solid coloured or have a more subtle pattern. The neckline of her gomlek is decorated with gold as is the button that closes it. Her tarpush carries a decorative feather. Her hair appears to be loose.

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