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Kayseri Selcuk style clothes 2431

Kayseri Selcuk style clothes 2431

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This is in one of the earliest Turkish schools of medicine, the Giyasiye Şifahiye (early 13th century). It can be visited and has its charm, but the display of what medical instruments and the like they have is pathetic. Compare the similar museum in the Beyazit II complex in Edirne: another world. The Lonely Planet Guide mentions that an inscription in the hospital stressed that no regard should be paid to the relgion of the patients, be they Muslim, Jew or Christian.

These are some clothes as they might have been worn by people in Seljuk times.

Anyone who is curious to know what the clothing in Seljuk time looked like, has to turn to miniatures (from Irak and Syria in the 12th century, from Anatolia in the 13th century) or to the representation of (mostly seated) figures on glazed panels from Seljuk palaces or kervanserais. What one can see there is of course the clothing of the upper class: sultans, princes and princesses, courtiers, poets, men of science, …
This study happened (presumently) when this display case was prepared.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen
Sources: ‘The Topkapı Saray Museum: Albums & Illustrated Manuscripts’ (Istanbul 1979/Tokyo 1980).

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