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.
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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 12 He carries fruits to the Vizir  "förärar frucht åt viziren" On the tray also vases with roses and tulips of the slender species wich was popular at the time.

Rålamb Costume Book 12 He carries fruits to the Vizir "förärar frucht åt viziren" On the tray also vases with roses and tulips of the slender species wich was popular at the time.

Rålamb Costume Book 20 Armenian

Rålamb Costume Book 20 Armenian

Rålamb Costume Book 14 Ayran-seller   "Sellier sur miölk" - 'Selling sour milk'

Rålamb Costume Book 14 Ayran-seller "Sellier sur miölk" - 'Selling sour milk'

Rålamb Costume Book 13 "He carries food to the people of the Serail"  "bär mat åth folket i Seraglien"

Rålamb Costume Book 13 "He carries food to the people of the Serail" "bär mat åth folket i Seraglien"

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 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 19 Barber Water containers with taps are hanging on the horizontal beam. There is a similar scene in the album published by Taeschner.

Rålamb Costume Book 19 Barber Water containers with taps are hanging on the horizontal beam. There is a similar scene in the album published by Taeschner.

Rålamb Costume Book 21 Armenian woman  "Femme Armenienne"

Rålamb Costume Book 21 Armenian woman "Femme Armenienne"

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