Turkey

 
Accession number AR.EP.TC.0357
Creator
Places
New York (New York [United States])
New York (United States)
United States
Turkey
Date
1892
Measurements
3 x 5 inches
Materials/Techniques
illustration
Work types
trade card

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

No. 37 / Turkey 

The Turk has been pictured to our Western imaginations in many contradictory ways, but not one of these has portrayed him in action, save in that of war. Then he is represented as fierce and relentless. The Turk takes his pleasure seriously, He is sober and sedate in his diversions, and prefers to be an onlooker. In character he is grave and saturnine, pious to the extreme, brave yet pusillanimous, simple yet luxurious, and extremely indolent. / It is the custom of the Turks, when they entertain to dinner, and wish specially to honor their guests, to engage professional story-tellers, singers and dancers to entertain these, when the feast is ending. Decked in the graceful and filmy folds of their draper, these latter make entrancing pictures, and the soft tones of the lute, added to the sinuous movements of these lithe girls, is ravishing to the senses. / Although not of Turkish origin, the game of checkers or draughts is an extremely popular pastime. It is no uncommon street sight to see two venerable bearded sheiks bent in deep abstraction over the engrossing board. / The favorite instrument of Turkey is the lute. This is extremely dulcet of sound, graceful of appearance, and charming and seductive of tone. It is shaped like the section of a pear, and in the hands of Oriental beauty adds irresistable witchery. / The  land of the Moslem is home of the harem. Within its secret walls, young maids disport. Here it is where they acquire proficiency in dancing.

 

Arbuckle Bros., New York City

This is one of a series of Fifty (50) Cards giving a pictorial History of the Sports and Pastimes of all Nations.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.095
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.TC.0357
Creator
Places
New York (New York [United States])
New York (United States)
United States
Turkey
Date
1892
Measurements
3 x 5 inches
Materials/Techniques
illustration
Work types
trade card

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