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Secrets of Talismanic Shirts were Spoken



The value of the amulet shirts in our art history and cultural heritage was discussed at the ‘Looking into the Eyes of the World II’ conference organized by Nişantaşı University's Department of Stage and Performing Arts Management and Text Weaving Workshop.

It was believed that the talismanic shirts, which we saw in the stories of Dede Korkut with the words ’bullet-proof, sword-proof, bringing happiness’, were the first examples of Turkish culture, to protect them from evil eye, disease and make them invisible in wars.

Talismanic shirts were therefore mostly favoured by monarchs, commanders, rulers and clergy. These talismanic shirts distributed to various museums and collections including Topkapı Palace, Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Istanbul Foundation Calligraphy Art Museum appear in the mausoleum, dergah, military and city museums.

The value of talisman shirts in our art history and cultural heritage was discussed at the ‘looking into the eyes of the World II’ conference organized by Nişantaşı University Department of Stage and Performing Arts Management and Text Weaving Workshop. Guest speaker of the conference, moderated by Dr. Ziyad Guliyev and Prof. Dr. Mehmet Akbar, was Prof. Dr. Hülya Tezcan who served in the Sultan's clothes department at Topkapı Palace for many years.

There were 87 amulet shirts in Topkapı Palace. Prof. Dr. Hülya Tezcan said "Most of them belong to the Sultans, but only 7 of them are inscriptions. We sorted the others according to their periods. It starts from the 15th century and after the 17th century, patterns and subjects gradually change. There are shirts referring to Muhammad after the 17th century, for example. Hz. Muhammad's seal of Nubuwvah stands out. The figures we call Kadem-i Saadet stand out. Their models can be very varied. It's not just the shirt but also the talismanic skullcap and starboard,” she said.

Release date: 29.11.2019
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