Wedding procession on the Bosphorus, Jean Baptiste Vanmour, c. 1720 - c. 1737
A colourful procession along the Bosporus leads a bride to the house of her future husband. She is mounted on horseback under a baldachin carried by four men. Walking directly in front of the tent is the imam, the religious leader, who will consecrate their marriage. The pyramidal tower made of gold thread in the shape of ears of corn is a symbol of fertility.