FORT LAUDERDALE -- "Palace of Gold and Light: Treasures from the
Topkapi, Istanbul" will be on view here Oct. 15 to Feb. 28.
More than 200 Ottoman treasures from one of history's mightiest
empires will be exhibited at the Museum of Art in Fort
Among them will be the Topkapi dagger with its gold, diamonds
and giant emeralds. The dagger was featured in the 1964 film,
The exhibit also includes a 16th century ivory and
mother-of-pearl throne, jewel-encrusted ceremonial objects,
intricately designed wool and silk carpets, finely crafted imperial
armor and weaponry, Chinese porcelains, musical instruments,
illuminated religious and literary manuscripts and Ottoman textiles
and royal robes.
The exhibition reflects the essence of 600 years of an imperial
system that, at its peak, wielded political and economic power that
stretched from Central Asia to North Africa to central Europe.
It also represents the vast wealth of the sultans of the Ottoman
The collection is usually housed in the hilltop Topkapi Palace
in Istanbul, used by the sultans for 400 years beginning in the
Greater Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art
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