Illustration from:

Hans Sloan's Album, "The Habits of the Grand Signor's Court"

SL.5258, Turkey, c.1620

Folio 15b. Bostanci basi

Bostanci basi. The chief of the bostanci corps who worked in the gardens and rowed the boats (kayik) for the sultan. When the sultan travelled by boat it was the duty of the bostanci basi to steer. He also always accompanied the Sultan when the latter visited the gardens. The bostanci basi was also responsible for making the necessary arrangements for executions of men of rank. Wearing an ermine-lined blue kaftan, scarlet robe with a gold design yellow slippers and the mücevveze turban.
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Registration number: 1928,0323,0.46.13 British Museum

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