Hürrem Sultan c. 1502 – 15 April 1558; also known as La Rossa or Roxelana; was the favorite consort and later the legal wife of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the mother of Şehzade Mehmed, Mihrimah Sultan, Şehzade Abdullah, Sultan Selim II, Şehzade Bayezid and Şehzade Cihangir. She was one of the most powerful and influential women in Ottoman history and a prominent figure during the era known as the Sultanate of Women. She was "Haseki Sultan" (chief wife of the Sultan) when her…

Hürrem Sultan c. 1502 – 15 April also known as La Rossa or Roxelana; was the favorite consort and later the legal wife of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and the mother of Şehzade Mehmed, Mihrimah Sultan, Şehzade Abdullah, Sultan Selim II, Ş

Kösem Sultan (Mâh-Peyker Sultan) 1589-1651 was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history. She achieved power and influenced the course of the Ottoman empire through her consort Sultan Ahmet I, then through her sons Murad IV and Ibrahim I ('the Mad’) and finally through her minor grandson Mehmed IV. She was regent twice and was thereby one of two women to have been formal regents of the Ottoman Empire. It is rumored that Mehmed's mother Turhan Hatice ordered Kösem's assassination.

Authentic Depiction of the Son of the Turkish Emperor Ibrahim, and of the Sultana, his Mother, Captured in a Naval Battle by the Knights of Malta and Abducted to the Island of Malta.

Kösem Sultan (also known as Mâh-Peyker Sultan) – was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history. She achieved power and influenced the course of the Ottoman empire through her consort Sultan Ahmet I, then through her sons Murad IV and Ibrahim I ('the Mad’) and finally through her minor grandson Mehmed IV. She was a prominent figure during the sultanate of the women. She was official regent twice and was thereby one of two women to have been formal regents of the Ottoman Empire.

Haseki Hürrem Sultan (née Roxelana or Alexandra Lisowska) was the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan (Evmenia Vergitzi) (1642-1715), the Greek wife of Sultan Mehmed IV and mother of Mustafa II and Ahmed III.

Emetullah Rabia Gülnuş Sultan (Evmenia Vergitzi) the Greek wife of Sultan Mehmed IV and mother of Mustafa II and Ahmed III.

Jean-Etienne Liotard, Portrait of Laura Tarsi, late 1740s, Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory

Jean-Etienne Liotard, Portrait of Laura Tarsi, late Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory. Is it possible that Liotard had several sets of Costumes that he dressed his sitters in? It seems the exact costumes are used on several different women.

Habit of the Turkish lady of the grand seigniors seraglio, in 1568. Dame de condition Turque, dans le serail. (1568) Originally published in 1568 in Voyages and travels of N. de Nicholay Dauphinoys, seigneur D'Arfeville, valet de chambre and geographer to the king of France. (Photo credit: NYPL Digital Gallery)

Habit of the Turkish lady of the grand seigniors seraglio, in Dame de condition Turque, dans le serail.

Costume print, whole-length figure of a standing Turkish woman, head slightly to right, in long brocaded dress with short sleeves over another garment, tied at waist with a wide scarf knotted in a bow at right, her right hand to front in the folds of her skirts; with turban hanging in folds over her shoulders, necklace, and pattens on tall blocks.

Costume print, whole-length figure of a standing Turkish woman,


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