Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Jewish Merchants of Turkey, Illustrations in the Ottoman Empire Archives

The Ottoman Archives include illustrations of a Jewish woman and man, labeled in French captions as merchants.

A Jewish woman reseller and a Jewish agent or broker. This picture appears in several European archives
and is dated circa 1820.  The word "Sensal" appears to be a combination of Persian/Arabic that entered
into European languages.

The woman stands in front of buildings with Islamic crescents and one building with a cross. Behind the man are ships, and in his hand is a document with what appears to be a Hebrew script.  At his feet appear to be cargo items.

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