1911 French article on the Muscat slave-market and Gate

Gate in Muscat or Muttrah slave-market
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French article with the title " Le Traitants de Mascate / Marches d´esclave dans le Golfe Persique" regarding Muscat and its slavemarket in 1911 by Gervais-Courtellemont. 

The article was published in Journal des voyages nr 769 Paris page 226. It includes a full page photo of a gate in Muscat or Muttrah. 

 

 

 Antique photo Muttrah gate

 This is probably the Muttrah gate (close to Muscat)

French article on the Muscat slave-market

French Magazine.  Page 225 has a large full page size photo-engraving of the Muscat according to the text with men and masked ladies.

Comment: It could be the main gate in Muscat but it could also be the gate into the separate quarters in Muttrah where the Lawatya lived.

Text in the article: De la tete aux pieds l´arabe examine l´esclave qu´on lui presente, comme s´il s´agissait  dún cheval et, autour de lui , chacun des assistants s´interesse au marche surtout pour savoir le prix qu´il se decidera a donner . Ignorante du sort qui ici est reserve, douce et resignee, la jeune esclave attend sa decision, prete a suivre la nouveau maitre ou il lui plaira de l´emmener, a devenir  sa chose ou celle de ses femmes.

References:

  1. Historical Muscat An illustrated Guide and Gazetteer by J.E. Peterson published by Brill Leiden 2007 photo 95, 96, 99 &100 Muscat?