Ottoman Material Culture Workshop


Empires of the Eye: Ottoman Material Culture and its Place in Birmingham, 4-5 April 2014

Amanda Phillips of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies and Rebecca Bridgman of Birmingham Museums Trust are pleased to announce the successful completion of their workshop, Empires of the Eye.

The two-day event united experts from Germany, Turkey, the UK, and north America to look at and discuss objects in the Birmingham collections, including ceramics, silk velvets, metalwork, embroideries and an extraordinary lacquer pen-box, painted and signed by noted eighteenth-century artist Ali Üsküdari.

The organizers thank the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust for the main grant as well as the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara for their sponsorship; they also thank the team at the Birmingham Collections Centre and at the Musuem and Art Gallery. Main thanks, too, are due to the enthusiastic, open-minded and highly expert scholars who came together to make this such a fruitful and enjoyable event.

Pictured: Detail of an Ottoman watered steel sword, with a later hilt decorated with a tuğra (cipher), possibly that of Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808-39), Birmingham Museums Trust.