Ottoman Costume - Rålamb Book

The 'Rålamb Costume Book' is a small volume containing 121 miniatures in Indian ink with gouache and some gilding, displaying Turkish officials, occupations and folk types. They were acquired in Constantinople in 1657-58 by Claes Rålamb who led a Swedish embassy to the Sublime Porte, and arrived in the Library in 1886. This volume is a variant of the so-called muraqqa-album type, which is rather common in libraries in Europe.
Janissaries - support personnel:  1: Aşçı cook;  2: Orta Sakası batallion water-carrier;  3: Bostancı Aşçısı 'cook' junior officer of a Bostancı batallion;  4: Woman from Mitilini, XVI c.

Janissaries - support personnel: 1: Aşçı cook; 2: Orta Sakası batallion water-carrier; 3: Bostancı Aşçısı 'cook' junior officer of a Bostancı batallion; 4: Woman from Mitilini, XVI c.

Rålamb Costume Book 1 "Lord High Chamberlain" "Chiaus Passi"    Commander of the çavus corps, which was responsible for discipline and protocol in the Imperial Council, and also served on embassies and as couriers. His sign of dignity is the buzdygan, a mace.

Rålamb Costume Book 1 "Lord High Chamberlain" "Chiaus Passi" Commander of the çavus corps, which was responsible for discipline and protocol in the Imperial Council, and also served on embassies and as couriers. His sign of dignity is the buzdygan, a mace.

Rålamb Costume Book 2 "The Emperor" "Imperatore" - Padishah The 18-year-old Sultan Mehmed IV on his throne attended by a black eunuch and two pages. On his turban he carries two turned-down heron's aigrettes, sorguç. Rålamb describes him in precisely this attitude and with little flattering words.

Rålamb Costume Book 2 "The Emperor" "Imperatore" - Padishah The 18-year-old Sultan Mehmed IV on his throne attended by a black eunuch and two pages. On his turban he carries two turned-down heron's aigrettes, sorguç. Rålamb describes him in precisely this attitude and with little flattering words.

Rålamb Costume Book 3 Sword-bearer to the Sultan "Silichtar aga. Leibknecht"  The Silahtar aga had charge of the Sultan's personal arms and commanded his personal attendants. He wears the janissary headdress börk.

Rålamb Costume Book 3 Sword-bearer to the Sultan "Silichtar aga. Leibknecht" The Silahtar aga had charge of the Sultan's personal arms and commanded his personal attendants. He wears the janissary headdress börk.

Rålamb Costume Book 4 Standard bearer "Keisarens Vexillifer"  The Turkish title is Bayrakdar.

Rålamb Costume Book 4 Standard bearer "Keisarens Vexillifer" The Turkish title is Bayrakdar.

Rålamb Costume Book 5 "The Queen" "La Regine". Hasseki Sultan, the Sultan's favourite wife who had born him a son.

Rålamb Costume Book 5 "The Queen" "La Regine". Hasseki Sultan, the Sultan's favourite wife who had born him a son.

Rålamb Costume Book 6 Turkish woman "Turca"

Rålamb Costume Book 6 Turkish woman "Turca"

Rålamb Costume Book 7 Woman in bathing pattens called

Rålamb Costume Book 7 Woman in bathing pattens called

Rålamb Costume Book 8 Turkish woman "Turca"

Rålamb Costume Book 8 Turkish woman "Turca"

Rålamb Costume Book 9 Court-lady smoking a pipe "donna - Keis(erliche) dame"

Rålamb Costume Book 9 Court-lady smoking a pipe "donna - Keis(erliche) dame"

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