Odalisque Silver Ring: Mondo Mondo

An Odalisque by Francisco Masriera y Manovens

W. S. Gilbert refers to the “Grace of an odalisque on a divan” in Colonel Calverley’s song “If You Want A Receipt For That Popular Mystery” from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience.

In popular use, the word odalisque also may refer to a mistress, concubine or paramour of a wealthy man.

During the 19th century, odalisques became common fantasy figures in the artistic movement known as Orientalism, being featured in many erotic paintings from that era.

By the later 19th century, Turkish writers such as Melek Hanum used the word odalisque to refer to slave-concubines when writing in English:

If any lady possesses a pretty-looking slave, the fact soon gets known. The gentlemen who wish to buy an odalisque or a wife, make their offers. Many Turks, indeed, prefer to take a slave as a wife, as, in such case, there is no need to dread fathers, mothers, or brothers-in-law, and other undesirable relations


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The Ring of O is a specially designed ring which has been worn as a distinctive mark among BDSM practitioners, mainly in continental Europe — and especially the German-speaking countries — since the 1990s. Its use is relatively widespread within this subculture. Its name derives from the name of the central female character in the classic BDSM novel Story of O (written by Pauline Réage), who was a sex slave and wore an analogous ring.


A conversation with an ODALISQUE

Lying on the bed, with the sun coming through the windows — dievca laps up the Sun’s energy like a cat absorbing Vitamin D. dievca could be on her back, her side, her belly — in whatever position Master has finished with her.

Master loves to see His dievca in this somnolent state and will watch her from afar for a few moments before coming back to bed and pulling her in for aftercare.

 Master calls dievca His ‘odalisque’.

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Definition of ODALISQUE

1:  a female slave
2:  a concubine in a harem

Origin of ODALISQUE

First Known Use: circa 1681
The word “odalisque” is French in form and originates from the Turkish  odalık, meaning “chambermaid”, from oda, “chamber” or “room”.

Joan DelPlato has described the term’s shift in meaning from Turkish to English and French:

The English and French term odalisque (rarely odalique) derives from the Turkish ‘oda’, meaning “chamber”; thus an odalisque originally meant a chamber girl or attendant. In western usage, the term has come to refer specifically to the harem concubine. By the eighteenth century the term odalisque referred to the eroticized artistic genre in which a nominally eastern woman lies on her side on display for the spectator.

During the 19th century, odalisques became common fantasy figures in the artistic movement known as Orientalism, being featured in many erotic paintings from that era.

For popular use, the word odalisque also may refer to a mistress, concubine or paramour of a wealthy man.  In 2011 the Law Society of British Columbia brought a discipline hearing against an unnamed lawyer for referring to another lawyer’s client as living with an odalisque. The Law Society found the use of the word, though an extremely poor choice, did not rise to the level of professional misconduct.

Master is able to play, tease, control and command dievca until she is actually silent.  A rare and precious occurrence, normally, dievca bubbles with energy and questions. After Master is through with her, dievca is boneless and in La La Land for about 20 blissful minutes.

During play, dievca may be divested of clothing or pieces may be added to her presentation outfit. she may gain nipple clamps, lose panties, find herself restrained with cuffs, etc.

After one such episode, dievca found herself in La La Land wearing black thigh-hi stay-up tights, plus Master’s black leather locking collar with the chain lead still attached.

dievca was artlessly sprawled across the bed after being used fully. she was on her back, breasts up, with arms stretched above her head, one leg across the other with her hips tilted to one side. Hair tousled, make-up slightly smeared, dievca felt sensual and decadent.

Once again, Master stated that His dievca looked like an odalisque. A conversation ensued about how an odalisque is much more entrancing with odds and ends draped about her body. Master finds His dievca to be more alluring with the stockings and collar marking her as His, then when she is just in the nude.
Either way, dievca feels she has served Master well
and is beautiful.

Odalisque - Henri Matisse

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Odalisque - Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1842 Odalisque with a slave Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres 1842

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A little more from Wiki:

Origin as the Turkish odalık

An odalık was not a concubine of the harem, but it was possible that she could become one. An odalık was ranked at the bottom of the social stratification of a harem, serving not the man of the household, but rather, his concubines and wives as personal chambermaids. Odalık were usually slaves given as gifts to the sultan by wealthy Turkish men. Generally, an odalık was never seen by the sultan but instead remained under the direct supervision of his mother, the Valide Sultan. 

If an odalık was of extraordinary beauty or had exceptional talents in dancing or singing, she would be trained as a possible concubine. If selected, an odalık trained as a concubine would serve the sultan sexually and only after such sexual contact would she change in status, becoming thenceforth a concubine. In the Ottoman Empire, concubines encountered the sultan only once, unless she was especially skilled in dance, singing, or the sexual arts, thus gaining his attention. If a concubine’s contact with the sultan resulted in the birth of a son, she would become one of his wives.