Topkapı Palace presents unseen, rare stuff for the first time.
The exhibition ‘Turkish Bath: The Bathing Tradition and the Art of Hairdressing during the Ottoman Period’ features 130 pieces, 80 percent of which have been taken from the palace’s warehouse and have never before been displayed
An exhibition titled “Turkish Bath: The Bathing Tradition and the Art of Hairdressing during the Ottoman Period” opened yesterday at Topkapı Palace.
The exhibition is the culmination of a six-month effort by the museum’s experts and will feature never-before-displayed pieces.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday the museum’s director, historian İlber Ortaylı, said some of the items to be put on show were from the Topkapı Palace Museum’s warehouse and spanned a period from the 16th to 20th centuries.
He said among the pieces are hairdressing sets and personal care items as well as objects used by sultans from Beyazıt II to Ahmet III, including a gold ewer, a golden razor and the bath faucets of Sultan Abdülhamid II.
Ortaylı said the sultans’ Turkish bath plan from the palace’s archive dated back to 1511 and was one of the most significant pieces on display. It is also a response to those who claim that the Ottomans built without a coherent plan.
“This exhibition, which we hope will be an occasion for museum lovers to see artworks which have never been displayed before, is devoted to former director Filiz Çağman, who devoted herself to the Topkapı Palace Museum,” Ortaylı said.
The exhibition will feature 130 pieces, 80 percent of which were taken from the palace’s warehouse. The pieces were restored just for the exhibition, which features washcloths, marble basins, ewers and miniatures depicting the shaving process as well as illustrated text providing historical information about the Turkish bath tradition. The exhibition catalogue, sponsored by Akbank, will be distributed to all libraries.
The exhibition will be open until July 31 at the Topkapı Palace Imperial Treasury.
from : Turkish Daily News