Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
143Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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Lou, Lynn and I caught a taxi to the Etnografya museum in Ankara, (est 1927) in itself a magnificent building with a great dome, the interior of which is painted in rich blues, yellows and browns. The museum was the temporary resting place of Ataturk for 15 years before his remains were moved to his mausoleum.
One of the halls contains figures in bridal wear and an Anatolian wedding ceremony is explained. Another section has daily dress throughout Turkish history. Wonderful woven fabrics of all thicknesses from fine lace to carpets show a diverse variety of skills. The embroidery is stunning. There was an area dedicated to metal work with ewers and urns beautifully engraved. Also the timber carvings from shutters and very old Minbars (pulpits) were fantastic. Another hall portrays the Anatolian coffee culture and the circumcision ceremony is explained there. The tile and glass exhibitions were beautiful and highly glazed, and the calligraphy section was Lynn's favourite. The displays were professionally presented and the museum exceptionally clean and quiet. Maintenance in lighting was lacking and many of the displays did not light up. The part I liked most about it was that it wasn't packed with stuff, 1250 artifacts in all, that were well presented, which made it a peaceful, enjoyable education for me.