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Hasan Aga and a Deaf-mute

November 29, 2007

Hasan Aga and a Deaf-mute from the palace (images 9 & 10) -According to the description of the plates, Hasan Aga was an English eunuch, born Samson Rowlie in Great Yarmouth (Norfolk County). He was captured off Algiers sometime before 1580, and ended up Uluj Hasan’s treasurer. His clothes are described as silver and mauve brocade with a golden sash, covered by a caftan of scarlet broadcloth lined with blue. This is f. 47r in the MS. The deaf-mute (dilsiz) was one of the sultan’s most trusted servants. Yes, they were deliberately made deaf and mute. He is seen on f. 50r.


From http://livingpast.com/turkp.html

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  1. Ami
    November 30, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Nice of Turks to respect this Deaf guy by clothing him well and using as their Treasurer. At least, they did not kill him! He was respected very very well by them!

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