In the Ottoman Empire the word odalisque (Turkish odalik, chambermaid) was applied to slave women who belonged to the harem. They were not considered concubines of the harem since only a few had the rare chance of seeing the Sultan, this was just possible for those who sang or danced very well.
No Império Otomano o termo odalisca (Turco odalik, criada de quarto) aplicava-se às mulheres escravas que pertenciam ao serralho. Não se consideravam concubinas do harém porque raras tinha oportunidade de ver o Sultão, normalmente só as que cantavam ou dançavam muito bem.
Ferdinand Roybet (1890-1920)-'odalisque'-oil on canvas-ca 1870 St Petersburg-Hermitage
Rudolf Ernst (1854-1932)-'odalisque with cupids'-oil on canvas Private collection
Frederick Mulhaupt (1871-1938)-''daughter of the Orient-oil on canvas
Henri Adrien Tanoux (1865-1923)-'the beautiful slave of the harem'-oil on canvas
Fabio Fabbi (1861-1946)-'odalisque'-oil on canvas