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Parallel Collections of Weapons and Antiquities

Wendy M. K. Shaw

in Possessors and Possessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233355
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233355.003.0003
Parallel Collections of Weapons and Antiquities

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This chapter describes the collection of weapons and antiquities in Ottoman museums. It explains that Ottoman museums developed out of the collections in the House of Weapons in 1839 and that this location played an important role in emphasizing the imperial nature of the collections, their relation to the state, and their potential audiences. The chapter also discusses the rise and role of biblical archaeology and Hellenism, the early years of archaeology in Ottoman territories, and the meanings invested in the spaces of the museum at the former Church of Hagia Irene.

Keywords: Ottoman museums; weapons; antiquities; House of Weapons; biblical archaeology; Hellenism; Hagia Irene

Chapter.  14812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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