Traces Of The Turks In Dresden

In a new concept of museology and style of exhibition, the ‘Collection of Art of the Orient’, not seen since the Second World War, is opening in Dresden on March 7.

Following extensive preparations, an exhibition of some six hundred impressive objects of oriental art from the collection known as the ‘Türckische Cammer’ of Dresden’s Saxon Electoral Armory (Rüstkammer) are going on display this month. The most magnificent pieces in the collection are those either purchased, recovered as loot or received as diplomatic gifts within the framework of long-standing Ottoman-German relations. In addition to sumptuous Ottoman imperial tents and lavish equestrian accoutrements, helmets, suits of armor, standards and weapons further enhance the value of this important collection. Life-size models of Arabian horses specially produced for displaying the equestrian equipment make the exhibition even more visually meaningful. The most dazzling item in the collection is a 20-meter-long, 8-meter-wide, 6-meter-high Ottoman imperial tent embroidered with gold and silk and decorated with leather.

Besides the Ottoman artifacts, objects from several other countries from Iran to China are also housed in the museum. But the large Ottoman tents are definitely the showpiece of the exhibition.