By Zeynep Çelik
Antiquities were pawns in empire-building and worldwide rivalries; energy struggles; assertions of nationwide and cultural identities; and cross-cultural exchanges, cooperation, abuses, and misunderstandings—all with the underlying component to monetary achieve. certainly, “who owns antiquity?” is a contentious query in lots of of today’s overseas conflicts.
About Antiquities bargains an interdisciplinary learn of the connection among archaeology and empire-building round the flip of the 20th century. beginning at Istanbul and concentrating on antiquities from the Ottoman territories, Zeynep Çelik examines the preferred discourse surrounding claims to the previous in London, Paris, Berlin, and ny. She compares and contrasts the stories of 2 museums—Istanbul’s Imperial Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art—that aspired to emulate eu collections and achieve the status and tool of possessing the cloth fragments of old background. Going past associations, Çelik additionally unravels the advanced interactions between individuals—Westerners, Ottoman determination makers and officers, and native laborers—and their competing stakes in antiquities from such mythical websites as Ephesus, Pergamon, and Babylon.
Recovering views which have been misplaced in histories of archaeology, relatively these of the excavation workers whose voices have by no means been heard, About Antiquities presents very important historic context for present controversies surrounding nation-building and the possession of the past.
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Extra info for About Antiquities: Politics of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire
9 He thus made a distinction between the “civilized” Ottomans in Istanbul and the primitive populations in the eastern provinces of the empire in a manner that would most likely have agreed with Osman Hamdi’s own sentiments. There were other supporters of the Ottoman right to keep the antiquities found in the imperial territories to be displayed in local museums; their acceptance can be understood as a realistic acknowledgment of the facts on the ground, especially after the construction of the new museum.
4). Nevertheless, immense and imposing in its academic architecture, it is one of the most outstanding monuments of Paris and a key feature of the urban image, due to its long façade visible from the River Seine and along the rue de Rivoli and as the vista of the Tuileries Garden. The Place du Louvre to the east, the Place du Palais Royal to the north, the embankment along the Seine (formerly the Quai du Louvre, now the 26 ◆ About Antiquiti e s Figure 1. 3 The Louvre, site plan showing the urban context.
The expansions would make accessible thousands more artifacts then in storage, among them “very important and rare antiques works,” as well as those from early Islamic civilizations. 7 To maintain the efficiency of the process and to supervise and approve the expenses, a committee was established under the supervision of Halil Edhem, Osman Hamdi’s brother. The other members consisted of the head accountant, Halil Edib; the director of interior affairs, Kadri Bey; and the director of the School of Fine Arts, Osgan Efendi.