Eunuch

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Harem Ağası, head of the black eunuchs of the Ottoman Imperial Harem.

A eunuch is a castrated man. His genitals have been removed. This can be cutting off the testicles or removing the penis and the testicles.

Over the millennia since, eunuchs had a lot of different functions in different cultures such as domestics, treble singers, religious specialists, government officials, military commanders, and guardians of women or harem servants. When eunuchs ran a harem, a monarch could be sure he was the one who fathered his wives' children since real eunuchs were always infertile.

In Byzantine art, angels and eunuchs were often shown in a similar light and manner.[1]

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  1. Brown, Amelia R. "Painting the Bodiless: Angels and Eunuchs in Byzantine Art and Culture". inter-disciplinary.net – via www.academia.edu.

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