“Seljuk Minbars of Anatolia: Masterpieces of Muslim Art” photo exhibition opens at Tatarstan National Museum

16 November 2021, Tuesday

On November 18, “Seljuk Minbars of Anatolia: Masterpieces of Muslim Art” photo exhibition opens at the National Museum of the republic of Tatarstan. It will be held in conjunction with the International Day of Islamic Art.

The exhibition includes 40 photographs taken during the research project by art historian Lilia Sattarova and photographer from Ankara Ismail Haikyrom in different cities of Turkey from 2015 to 2021.

Carved minbars in Turkey make up the largest group of wooden carving monuments of the medieval Middle East that are still extant. The age of the oldest Minbar is eight and a half centuries. Many of them still remain in the mosques in Central and Eastern Anatolia, where they were installed by the emirs of the Turkic dynasties in the XII-XIV centuries.

Elements of Bolgar architectural decoration of the Golden Horde epoch will also be presented at the exhibition. The samples of multicolored mosaics and carved stucco from the collection of the National Museum of the republic of Tatarstan show the characteristic features of Islamic ornament.

The exhibition is organized jointly with the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Kazan. It will last until December 17, the Press Office of Tatarstan National Museum reports.

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