Ornately decorated ceramic tiles in the Harem of the Topkapi Palace, the Ottoman palace in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district.

Ornately decorated ceramic tiles in the Harem of the Topkapi Palace, the Ottoman palace in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district.

Hürrem Sultana who stole Sultan Süleyman's heart had started off from scratch as an ordinary concubine

Hürrem Sultana who stole Sultan Süleyman's heart had started off from scratch as an ordinary concubine

"A concubine being tutored under the supervision of a eunuch" by Thomas Allom

"A concubine being tutored under the supervision of a eunuch" by Thomas Allom

"A Sultan and his favourite" by Jean-Auguste Ingres

"A Sultan and his favourite" by Jean-Auguste Ingres

Concubines used to wear clothes that were thightly strecthed on the body and the waist would be tightened by an embellished belt to look slim.

Concubines used to wear clothes that were thightly strecthed on the body and the waist would be tightened by an embellished belt to look slim.

"A concubine playing the tambourine." Concubines would play some instruments according to their skills

"A concubine playing the tambourine." Concubines would play some instruments according to their skills

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