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Cairo exhibition revisits Ottoman era
September 17, 2017, 4:41 pm

Egypt’s Manial Palace and Museum has launched an exhibition labeled ‘The Feather of the Head’ that allow visitors to take a trip back in time to the Ottoman era. The exhibition displays portraits and fashion pieces to highlight Ottoman fashion and lifestyle of that time period.

More than 100 portraits on display by Flemish-French artist Jean Baptiste Vanmour, made during the years 1699-1737, portray the Ottoman Empire’s lifestyle and fashion. Given the ardency of cultural development and growth during the Ottoman Empire’s heyday, it is no surprise that certain elements of its history continue to inspire artists, chefs, and designers to this day. The Ottoman era covers 600 years and collapsed when it joined the losing side in World War One.

“It is considered to be a real treasure and part of the belongings of the Mohamed Ali Museum and I honestly believe we should shed more light on these portraits,” said the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, Mostafa Amin.

“This shows us more about the society, its most important facets, the denominations, the craft, the religion, the royal palace and all the jobs inside, as well as the importance of women in Turkish society. Large parts of this collection served as the origin for some of the most famous fashion houses in France,” said Walaa Eldeen Badawy, the head of the Manial Palace and Museum.

The exhibition, which will end on 28 October, is part of a continuous effort by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities to revive heritage located in Egyptian museums.


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