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A FEAST FOR YOUR EYES: ‘JEWEL’ EXHIBITION IN SADBERK HANIM MUSEUM

Sadberk Hanim Museum is hosting a ‘Jewel’ exhibition in honour of its 35th year anniversary. Sadberk Hanim Museum will offer a delightful journey through the jewels of the Ottomans in the Turkish-Islamic section of the museum. The ‘Jewel’ exhibition will be reflecting the Ottomans taste in objects such as belt buckles, writing boxes, pen cases, spoons, coffee cup holders, pocket watches, tobacco pipes, brooches, slippers, mastic jars and a lot more. Most of these items are crafted with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other precious stones. So for example the spoon or slippers you will be seeing in this exhibition will be nothing like your ordinary daily objects. The ‘Jewel’ exhibition will be focusing on the items from the 17th and 20th centuries with a total of 139 pieces of fine craftsmanship.

UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURAL IMPORTANCE

Throughout history gold, silver and precious gems have been a statement of how powerful and splendid the authority was. Apart from the jewelled objects that you will witness in this museum, you can find many more examples of how jewels were used during the Ottoman Empire by going through documents of Ottoman authors, foreign travellers and paintings belonging to that period. The collection that you will see in the Sadberk Hanim Museum will be the items that belonged to people in the court or people that were close to the court circle. Some of these precious objects were produced in Europe for the Ottomans.

WHEN CAN YOU VISIT?

The ‘Jewel’ exhibition in Sadberk Hanim Museum will be ongoing till the 31st of March 2016. It is open all week except for Wednesdays. It will open its doors for visitors from 10am till 5pm.

ABOUT SADBERK HANIM MUSEUM

Sadberk Hanim Museum opened its doors for the first time on the 14th of October 1980. The first year of its opening the museum had around 3 thousand pieces, today it has 20 thousand pieces of historical importance. Sadberk Hanim Museum was established as the first private museum of Turkey with the aim to create a living, productive centre for culture and education supported by a contemporary museum management approach. The museum is divided into two wings: The Azaryan Residence is where the Turkish-Islamic art work collection is exhibited and in the Sevgi Gönül building that opened in 1988 which is dedicated to the archaeological arts collection.