Turkish

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THE TURKISH NATIONALITY ROOM, DEDICATED IN 2012, REPRESENTS A NATION THAT LIES ON THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS:  EUROPE AND ASIA.  IT EMERGED FROM THE ASHES OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE THAT HAD GOVERNED ANATOLIA, THE ARABIAN PENINSULA, NORTH AFRICA, THE BALKANS AND CRIMEA FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. 

       THE PROTOTYPE FOR THIS ROOM IS THE BAŞ ODASI OR MAIN ROOM FOUND IN ALL TURKISH HOMES.  BEFORE ENTERING THE ROOM BY A SINGLE STEP, THE SEKI, SHOES MUST BE REMOVED.  SEATING IS IN THE ROUND.  THIS IMPLIES EQUALITY AND ENCOURAGES FACE-TO-FACE COMMUNICATION.

       THE WALLS AND CEILING ARE ADORNED WITH INTRICATE KÜNDEKÂRI AND CITAKÂRI WOODWORK.

       THE ENTRANCE IS BASED ON FEATURES IN TOPKAPI PALACE AND DISPLAYS CERAMIC PANELS CREATED IN ISTANBUL FOR THIS ROOM. 

       ON THE LEFT, UIGHUR PRINCESSES, 9TH-CENTURY, SYMBOLIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN SINCE THE TIME OF EARLY TURKISH ANCESTORS IN CENTRAL ASIA.

       NEXT, THIS LIFE-SIZED PORTRAIT DEPICTS MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATÜRK, THE FATHER OF MODERN TURKEY, ILLUSTRATING THE NEWLY-LEGISLATED LATIN ALPHABET WHICH, IN 1928, REPLACED THE ARABIC SCRIPT USED IN OTTOMAN TIMES.

       TO THE RIGHT IS A PORTRAIT OF TWO MEN BY MEHMET SIYAH KALEM, 14TH CENTURY, THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF PERSPECTIVE.

       ON THE FAR RIGHT IS A PORTRAIT OF THE YOUNG SULTAN SULEIMAN, THE LAW GIVER.  HE LED THE OTTOMANS TO THEIR GREATEST EXPANSION.

       ON THE FAR WALL, BEHIND EIGHT WINDOWS, IS A MURAL OF THE CITY OF ISTANBUL.  THIS WAS A COMMON DEVICE IN TOPKAPI PALACE TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION OF THE OUTDOORS WHEN THE ROOM LOCATION DID NOT PERMIT IT.