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Antiquities Collections in the Imperial Museum

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/9780520233355.003.0007
Antiquities Collections in the Imperial Museum

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This chapter describes the antique collections of Ottoman museums. It discusses the establishment of the sarcophagus museum and the museum enterprises outside of Istanbul. The chapter suggests that the adoption of Helleno-Byzantine antiquities as a cultural marker for the Ottoman Empire served not only as a sign of assimilation but also as a sign of resistance and a call for continued independence.

Keywords: antique collections; Ottoman museums; sarcophagus museums; Istanbul; Helleno-Byzantine antiquities; Ottoman Empire; assimilation; resistance; independence

Chapter.  7375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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