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Fans of the series "Magnificent Century" found interesting photo harem Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar, ruled in Iran in the late 19th century.These photos krushat stereotypes.

In our review you can see the beauties of the harem of the Iranian ruler personally.

Bloggers found a photo favorite wives Shah.Judging by the pictures, these women by modern standards of beauty are far from ideal.And do not look like the heroines of the series "Magnificent Century", in which all the concubines of the sultan Suleiman, as the selection, beauty.

Many bloggers are seeing the real picture of the harem, jokingly remarked, they say, if it looked favorite wife of the Shah, it's frightening to imagine how looked unloved ...

Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar - Shah of Iran was the fourth power in 1848 and ruled for 47 years.His reign was the longest in the 3000-year history of Iran.

Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar - the happy owner of the harem.

Historians tell of Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar, that his time was well educated and had the reputation of a sybarite, but so that later angered their approximate.

In the 1870s in Tehran opened his atelier Russian photographer Anton Sevryugin, who became court photographer of Iranian ruler.Russian photographer could shoot himself Shah, his male relatives, courtiers and servants.

And for a Qajar, an ardent fan of the photo, left the right to withdraw his harem, which he had, according to the testimony of historians, about 100 concubines.

Completeness - as the main criterion of beauty.

It is known that the photos Nasser al-Din Shah himself printed in the palace laboratory and kept in satin albums in his Golestan Palace, which now houses a museum.

Incomparable Anis al-Doleh - beloved wife of the Shah (right).

Extraordinariness photos of his concubines is that Shiite law at the time was not permissible to shoot the faces of people, and especially women's faces.And only the most powerful man in the country could not afford to break the law.

Anis al-Doleh or soulmate State.

Looking at the photo of the ladies of the harem, you know what they look for their time quite modern.Women hold the camera steadily, calm, not timid and do not flirt.

Incomparable Anis al-Doleh (sitting).

Photos of women challenged the conventional view of life in the harem - the shah's wife looks quite modern for its time and self-confident, they quietly look into the camera lens, not flirting and not shy.

Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar c some women of the harem.

You can even suggest that women in the harem were friendly relations - some photos show the group on a picnic.

Harem at the picnic.

Thinness of the harem inmates did not suffer.

The photos can be seen on the tastes of the Iranian monarch - all women in the body, with fused bushy eyebrows and mustache clearly visible.It is clearly seen that women do not suffer from hunger and are not burdened with physical work.Experts say, that in the collection of Golestan even have nude photos, but they are safely hidden.

Young concubine with a hookah.

Many photos harem concubines were sealed in short skirts like a lush tutus (shaliteh).And it is no coincidence.

The ladies of the harem in tutus.

It is known that in 1873, Nasser al-Din Shah, at the invitation of Alexander II visited St. Petersburg and attended the ballet.According to legend, he was fascinated by the Russian dancers as for their women entered shaliteh.However, from the Muslim headscarf concubines could refuse just before the camera.However, it is possible that this is just a legend.

The ladies of the harem in tutus.

Comments specialist

Selection of photos commented a senior fellow at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Ph.D., Boris Dolgov:
"The picture is really a woman.This is not hermaphrodites and males, as today, many might think.Of course, such inhabitants in harems too, but they were held in secret since the Quran, these things are not welcomed.And about the beauty ... As you know, tastes do not.About vegetation - for Oriental women is typical.However, we can not exclude that the owner just liked the harem "baleen" ladies.Fused eyebrows were fashionable at the time, and fullness was synonymous with beauty.Women in the harem specially fed very tight and did not allow them to actively move. "