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The History of the Present State of the Ottoman Empire….5th edition

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1682

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Shoults Eb 1682 R

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London: Printed by T.N. for John Starkey

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In the past, clothing was a way of identifying a person’s occupation. Agiamoglan were servants in the Turkish Emperor’s court in the 17th century. Taken from nearby poor Christian families when they were aged around ten years old, Agiamoglan were the ‘heavy-lifters’ of the Seraglio or Emperor’s Court. They worked as porters, gardeners, and cooks; they gathered firewood and butchered meat. Their outfits, as in this image, consisted of garments made of ‘coarse cloth made at Salonica [and]…caps of felt, after the form of a Suger-loaf’ – easily distinguishable from the other thousands of court servants.

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Paul Rycaut, “The History of the Present State of the Ottoman Empire….5th edition,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed January 24, 2018, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/9827.

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