The choicest specimens of Seljuk and Ottoman metalwork can be seen at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art.
Like the other branches of art, the Ottoman art of
metal at the outset took over the Seljuk cultural
heritage, with the result that it became a melting
pot for a variety of trends as befits an empire that
combined many lands and peoples. The widespread implementation
in the 14th century of the art of repoussť, familiar to us from Seljuk metalwork, is one of the outstanding features of the period. In later centuries repoussť was
not used so intensively by Ottoman metalwork masters.
AN ART NURTURED BY CONQUEST
The 15th century, when the Ottomans embarked on the path towards becoming a world state, and the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 especially, constituted a turning point in the art of metal as in many other fields. With the conquest especially of the Balkan lands, which were rich in gold and silver, the Ottomans acquired metalworking artists who possessed not only the raw material resources but also a long-standing tradition.