The Kislar Aga, or first Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem.

Kislar Aga. Sudanese eunuch. Ottoman Harem. Historical Ottoman empire costumes.

The Kislar Aga.

The Kislar Aga, or first Eunuch of the Seraglio. Sudanese eunuch of the Harem.

Historical Ottoman Empire officials and ethnic groups.

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 honors 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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The costume of Turkey. Illustrated by a series of engravings; with descriptions in english. By Octavian Dalvimart. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer. Published in London, 1802.