After the completion of the restoration of its collection, the Museum of Ethnography, one of the cultural milestones of the Turkish capital Ankara, began to welcome visitors with unique works that were previously kept but have now been curated to be exhibited in accordance with their history for the first time.
Museum director Ali Haydar Atalar told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the process has started with the restoration of 325 artifacts. Stating that they have devised a curatorial and concept within the museum that will appeal to all, Atalar said, “The museum has come to the fore with works having a more qualified and emphatic story.”
In the museum, an artistic and digital presentation with films, photographs, animations and voiceovers in the part of the mausoleum, where the body of the founder of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was kept before it was transferred to his final resting place in Anıtkabir, is now presented to visitors.
In the hall of wooden works, mihrabs (prayer niche) and minbars (pulpit), which shed light on history with its 700-year-old past, the door leaves of the Hacı Bayram Veli mosque, the cardigan of the Turkish Sufi poet Hacı Bayram Veli and some items used by mystical dervishes were exhibited.
In the middle of the hall of manuscripts and calligraphy, the letters of surah Al-Alaq, which was the first surah revealed to the prophet Muhammad and which began with the verse “Read in the name of your Lord”, were placed at the ‘outdoors. the pages of the Koran as if descending from the sky, and the calligraphic plates show the point where Islamic art had reached.
In the Hall of Power, the ingenuity of the Turks in the use of weapons and war material in the difficult geography they lived in Central Asia is revealed through various exhibits. The Seljuk throne belonging to the reign of the Turkish Seljuk sultan Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev I is also exhibited in the same room.
In addition to tiles and porcelain from the earliest times, including famous Iznik products, until the end of the Ottoman period, the first porcelain works from the Yıldız factory, which was established by the order of Sultan Abdülhamid II, are also exhibited in the museum.
In the other wing of the museum, a concept emphasizing the history of the city and the museum is created.
In the area where the works belonging to the art of weaving are located, woven carpets made for the liberation of the sanjaks of Kars, Ardahan, Batum and Ardahan (administrative divisions of the Ottoman Empire) from enemy occupation are included in the museum exhibit for the first time.
In the temporary exhibition hall, it is emphasized in the exhibition “Healing bowls and talisman seals” that the true source of healing lies in the Quran. In the new “Elegance and Aesthetics” section, examples of Ottoman women’s clothing, outfits and jewelry preferences are presented.
According to the director of the Atalar museum, museum officials completed the process of identifying the artifacts, positioning them and highlighting their stories, within about five months when the museum was closed for restoration, exhibition and development work.