Fort Lauderdale museum to exhibit Ottoman art

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 Lauderdale.

Among them will be the Topkapi dagger with its gold, diamonds and giant emeralds. The dagger was featured in the 1964 film, "Topkapi."

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 Empire.

The collection is usually housed in the hilltop Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, used by the sultans for 400 years beginning in the 15th century.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art
Phone: (954) 525-5500

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