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Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and His 84 Wives: Rare Photographs and the Story of the Iranian Shah

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I came across this article and was too funny to not share. However, no disrespect towards iranian history is intended. Please contribute if you have any knowledge about this particular shah.


In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne received a camera from Queen Victoria of England. The young heir fell in love with the magical contraption. In the following decades he documented his life, revealing to the public eye, what it was never supposed to see.



One of Shah Qajar’s many passions was photography. From his early days he loved to take photos from his childhood, and when he came to power he decided to create the world’s first official photo studio at his court.


Naser al-Din Shah Qajar

In the 1870s, Russian photographer Anton Sevryugin opened a workshop in Tehran. He became official photographer to the Persian court. Sevryugin made a photographic record of Persia, and he was awarded an imperial title for his services.


Naser Al-Din Shah Qajar and the photographer Sevryugin before a photoshoot.

The Russian photographer could take pictures of the Shah himself, as well as his male relatives, courtesans and servants. Qajar reserved for himself the right to photograph the harem, in which historians believe he had approximately 100 concubines.

It is known that Naser al-Din Shah developed the photos in a darkroom at the court and kept them in large albums in the Golestan palace, which is now a museum.


The main entrance to the palace of Gulistan.

What makes these photographs extraordinary is that Shiia custom of the time forbade the photography of peoples’ faces, especially those of women. Only the most powerful man in the country could afford to break this custom.


The incomparable Anis al-Doleh was the Shah’s favourite wife. (On the right)


Plumpness was one of the main criteria of beauty.


Young concubine with a hookah.

These photographs of women contradict the conventional depiction of the life in a harem.


Anis al-Doleh, known as the Shah’s soulmate.


The incomparable Anis al-Doleh (sitting).

You could even imagine that maybe the harem wives enjoyed each others’ company; in some photos picnic parties are shown.


The harem at a picnic.


Naser al-Din Shah Qajar with some of his wives.


Naser al-Din Shah Qajar with some of his wives.


The inhabitants of the harem didn’t suffer from skinniness.

From the photographs you can judge the Iranian monarch’s tastes. It’s quite clear that the women didn’t suffer from hunger and were not burdened with physical work. Experts claim that in the Golestan collection there are even nudes, but these have been well hidden.


Ladies from the harem in ‘shaliteh’ skirts.


Ladies from the harem in ‘shaliteh’ skirts.

In many of the photos the concubines are pictured in short, opulently decorated skirts called ‘shaliteh’, similar to ballet tutus. This is no coincidence.

In 1873 Naser al-Din travelled to Saint Petersburg on the invitation of Russian Tsar Alexander II. While there, he visited the ballet. According to rumor, he was so charmed by the Russian dancers, that he had his women dressed in similar skirts. Of course, the concubines could only remove their Muslim dress for the camera. On the other hand, this may be just a rumor.



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All of them have heavy eye brows and mustache, shah had weird sense of beauty.
Dill chahta hai shah ko gooli maar doun ho comes he collected ugliness under one roof.
I heard that it was very desired in Persia, especially uni-brows. I'm guessing these women were very attractive for their era.
 

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Look like lady boys
Iss se behtar tha Qanjar khusray rak leyta,

He was the worst person, he was the first Iranian monarch ho visited Europe and bring Photographers with him and allowed them to take even nude pictures of ladies of harem.
 

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besides the very 1st qajar... the rest of them were at best national disgraces, at worst outright traitors to iran. who traded away national assets, land, and anything cheaply to foreign powers just to keep their crown..

the 19th century version of the Saudi royal family basically....

hope this piece of trash burns in hell... a disgraceful blot on irans history.
 

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I swear most of these ladies look 100% like dudes in dresses.... I have a hard time believing this to be true.
i know they got mustache, shah should have traded the camera for a gillette sensor back then.

we had worst kings they stup idly wasted resources while people starved.
 

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I came across this article and was too funny to not share. However, no disrespect towards iranian history is intended. Please contribute if you have any knowledge about this particular shah.


In 1842 the 11 year-old heir to the Persian throne received a camera from Queen Victoria of England. The young heir fell in love with the magical contraption. In the following decades he documented his life, revealing to the public eye, what it was never supposed to see.



One of Shah Qajar’s many passions was photography. From his early days he loved to take photos from his childhood, and when he came to power he decided to create the world’s first official photo studio at his court.


Naser al-Din Shah Qajar

In the 1870s, Russian photographer Anton Sevryugin opened a workshop in Tehran. He became official photographer to the Persian court. Sevryugin made a photographic record of Persia, and he was awarded an imperial title for his services.


Naser Al-Din Shah Qajar and the photographer Sevryugin before a photoshoot.

The Russian photographer could take pictures of the Shah himself, as well as his male relatives, courtesans and servants. Qajar reserved for himself the right to photograph the harem, in which historians believe he had approximately 100 concubines.

It is known that Naser al-Din Shah developed the photos in a darkroom at the court and kept them in large albums in the Golestan palace, which is now a museum.


The main entrance to the palace of Gulistan.

What makes these photographs extraordinary is that Shiia custom of the time forbade the photography of peoples’ faces, especially those of women. Only the most powerful man in the country could afford to break this custom.


The incomparable Anis al-Doleh was the Shah’s favourite wife. (On the right)


Plumpness was one of the main criteria of beauty.


Young concubine with a hookah.

These photographs of women contradict the conventional depiction of the life in a harem.


Anis al-Doleh, known as the Shah’s soulmate.


The incomparable Anis al-Doleh (sitting).

You could even imagine that maybe the harem wives enjoyed each others’ company; in some photos picnic parties are shown.


The harem at a picnic.


Naser al-Din Shah Qajar with some of his wives.


Naser al-Din Shah Qajar with some of his wives.


The inhabitants of the harem didn’t suffer from skinniness.

From the photographs you can judge the Iranian monarch’s tastes. It’s quite clear that the women didn’t suffer from hunger and were not burdened with physical work. Experts claim that in the Golestan collection there are even nudes, but these have been well hidden.


Ladies from the harem in ‘shaliteh’ skirts.


Ladies from the harem in ‘shaliteh’ skirts.

In many of the photos the concubines are pictured in short, opulently decorated skirts called ‘shaliteh’, similar to ballet tutus. This is no coincidence.

In 1873 Naser al-Din travelled to Saint Petersburg on the invitation of Russian Tsar Alexander II. While there, he visited the ballet. According to rumor, he was so charmed by the Russian dancers, that he had his women dressed in similar skirts. Of course, the concubines could only remove their Muslim dress for the camera. On the other hand, this may be just a rumor.



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I thought this was a joke but after seeing pictures of his successor I am not so sure...


(Son)


(Grandson)


(Great-Grandson)


You can certainly see the resemblance.

How this dude's genes made this dude


Not a clue.
 

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