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An odalisque (Ottoman Turkish: اوطه‌لق, Turkish: odalık) was a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish seraglio, particularly the court ladies in the household of the Ottoman sultan. In western usage, the term came to mean the harem concubine, and refers to the eroticized artistic genre in which a woman is represented mostly or completely nude in a reclining position, often in the setting of a harem.

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Grande Odalisque
Marià FortunyThe Odalisque
François Boucher, Ruhendes Mädchen (1751, Wallraf-Richartz Museum)