• So far as female beauty is concerned, the Circassian women have no superiors. They have preserved in their mountain home the purity of the Grecian models, and still display the perfect physical loveliness, whose type has descended to us in the Venus de Medici.

    Bayard Taylor (2015). “The Lands of the Saracen: Pictures of Palestine, Asia Minor, Sicily, and Spain”, p.128, The Floating Press