COSTUME OF TURKEY,
ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF
DESCRIPTIONS IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH
THE KISLAR AGA,
OR FIRST BLACK EUNUCH OF THE SERAGLIO.
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The Kislar Aga, or first black eunuch of the seraglio.
IN the various and complex government of the Grand Seignior’s Seraglio, no person holds a more important office than the Kislar Aga ; the business of this person being to direct and take care of every thing belonging to the females of the place. As he has the whole interior management of their apartments, he has various opportunities of ingratiating himself with the Sultan ; and thus he often becomes a most powerful friend, or enemy, to the other great officers. The story of throwing the handkerchief is not a fact, according to most modern writers. The fortunate fair one whom the Sultan honours with his regard, is informed of the circumstance by the Kislar Aga ; and this, among the Sultanas, is reckoned the highest mark of respect.
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See a Kizlar Aga, or Chief Eunuch in Stratford Canning's Pictures of Turkey
and a Khaznadar Agha : second eunuque noir ayant la garde du trésor particulier du sultan second black eunuch having custody of the particular treasure of the sultan in Monnier's album Costumes Orientaux (Recueil de costumes et vêtements de l'Empire ottoman au 18e siècle), 1786