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The Caron Collection Gallery
Child's kaftan or ceremonial robe of brocaded silk with the design of chintamani (literally "auspicious jewels"). The three dots of the garment, originally a Buddhist symbol from Central Asia representing three pearls and often incorporating a wavy line either representing the sea or a diving flame, became a powerful symbol of good fortune among the Ottomans.This symbol is found decorating virtually every medium in Ottoman art and appears to have been used since as early as the 9th century
Jean-Baptiste Vanmour (Flemish, 1671–1738) A noble lady of Constantinople wearing Hammam shoes. oil on canvas.He was invited to go to Constantinople when De Ferriol was appointed there as the French Ambassador in 1699. De Ferriol commissioned van Mour to do one hundred portraits of the local people. He also remembered for his detailed portrayal of life in the Ottoman Empire during the Tulip Era and the rule of Sultan Ahmed III.