The allure of the Middle East had a powerful impact on Berger and his contemporaries Bauernfiend, Ernst and Deutsch. This group of Austrian and German artists painted some of the most important Orientalist pictures of the 19th century. In the present picture, Berger presents a provocative view of the interior of a harem. The golden light that imbues the picture and the intermixing of the textures of the silks, carpets and carvings all serve to further the sense of exoticism to this fantasy. The Pasha is perched on a raised divan, watching the two harem beauties as they playfully tease a bird with a feather. The emotive coloration of the picture is reminiscent of Delacroix's Algerian and Moroccan harem scenes.