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COSTUME OF TURKEY,
ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF
DESCRIPTIONS IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH.
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Usher of the Sultan.
THAT body of men, to whom Europeans give the name of Ushers, is of a very great use in the court of the Grand Signior, and other oriental monarchs. They are possessed of some rank, though not so honourable as the officers of state. There is a chief usher, who presides over them, and the Sultan scarcely ever stirs without some of this body to attend him. They form a considerable part of the splendor and state of his court, and are employed in various departments. In that excellent work, the Arabian Nights, in which the manners, customs, and characters of oriental nations are pourtrayed in so extensive a manner, and yet with such exactness and truth, there are various descriptions, in which the different employments of these officers are mentioned.
Back to Illustrations after d'Alvimart in The Costume Of Turkey
See an Alaï tchavouch : homme qui précède le Vizir, man who precedes the Vizier in Monnier's album Costumes Orientaux (Recueil de costumes et vêtements de l'Empire ottoman au 18e siècle), 1786
A very similar Çavusbasi or Chief Usher in Stratford Canning's Pictures of Turkey