Front view
Front view

General description: Woman possibly from an Ottoman harem (?)

Dimensions 23.5 x 11 x 8 cm

Date when acquired 2016

Original Date Unknown

Source Flea market in Göttingen. Present from Aneta

 

Back view (with stone to help her stand)
Back view (with stone to help her stand)

Body

The body is made of padded wire, while the hands and face seem to be made of stiffened material. The features have been drawn in. Her hair is made of wool and is worn in two very long plaits down to her hips.

 

Side view
Side view

Clothing

She is wearing the baggy pants typical of Ottoman clothing and a long-sleeved puffed blouse, both made of green silk. Over this, she is wearing a sort of long, sleeve-less caftan, split up the sides to the hips and open in front. The caftan is made of a striped material in orange, green, purple and gold with pattern of white “flowers” in some of the stripes. There is a gold braid around the edges. A piece of the same braid is used as a belt to hold the caftan in place.

On her head is a fez-shaped hat made of the same striped material as her caftan. A row of 6 sequins is sewn around the front of the hat. Over the hat is a white open-weave white muslin shawl falling down to below her shoulders. A piece of the same material is used to cover the lover part of her face like a veil.

Her shoes are red painted fabric wrapped around the wire, which can be seen in a hoop pointing backwards and seems to give her the ability to stand (though she is very unstable).

 

Accessories

None

 

Background information

See Turkey: General information

 

Source(s) of information

See Turkey: General information

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