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Toy soldiers have always been highly collectable; now lead figures have moved beyond the military and are equally desirable. This set of charmingly painted Ottoman harem women comes from the Galeri Alfa Antique Lead Soldier Workshop – Istanbul’s master toy-soldier makers – and will appeal to novice and connoisseur alike. The five figures in polished lead, a child with four women each 54mm (just over two inches) tall, come in their own presentation box.
You can also order Marianna Yerasimos's book 500 Years of Ottoman Cuisine from the Cornucopia Bookshop.