Wooden Cupboard

Turkiye13,14th Century


This is the only cupboard surviving from the Anatolian Seljuk era. The front of the cupboard is narrowed on four sides by pieces of three borders and the door wings were fitted in the middle area. The middle border features a section of a geometric composition. The lateral borders feature, on the other hand, elegant rumi designs extending in scrolls. The symmetrically arranged door wings are divided into three panels, the top and bottom ones of which are smaller. The top panels have inscriptions reading hadiths. The second panels in kündekari technique feature six-pointed star and hexagon arrangement. As the hexagons are aligned on the axis the stars are cut half and all are filled with palmette-rumi designs. The bottom panels feature rumi design developing laterally but one is carved with round surfaces and the other with flat surfaces. This particularity, which gives an impression of incompleteness, is also attested on the borders of the wings. The brass bands with elegant rumi designs, lobed rosettes and lion heads in relief are noteworthy. The museum records state that it was taken from the Whirling Dervishes Lodge to the chanting hall where it is on display now.