EARLHAM COLLEGE 2011 MAY TERM
TURKEY COPPER TOUR
LED BY NATHEN JONES AND AMY BRYANT
13 May 2011 Friday, Day 02 Mardin
We started the day at 10:30. After a short introduction on the tour, we left the hotel.
Our first stop was the museum. The museum of Mardin
is in a very old Mardin house. We visited the ethnographic
gallery first. We saw some of the old copper pots, containers and Turkish
bath utensils, jewelry and wonderful wooden furniture. The archeological
display in the museum was like the summery of 9000 year old history of
Mardin. Being on the trade
road, Mardin had been exposed to the arts and cultures of Mesopotamia and
Anatolia both. After the museum, we stopped at the bank and did all of our
money business. We had lunch at the garden of a restaurant. The meal was a
huge one. Every one was happy with the meal. In the afternoon Will gave
his presentation on the Turkish copper. He talked about the Selcuks
and Ottomans and how their copper work had differed in these two
civilizations. In the late afternoon
we left the hotel once again and walked through the narrow streets of
Mardin. We found the tiny little shop of one of the last
survivors of the coppersmiths.
streets of Mardin are very colorful. There is hardly an thing that does
not have glitter.
The curtains, towels, dresses for babies, saddles for donkeys... Every
thing is colorful and joyous looking. Are they beautiful ? That is a
personal opinion. We
were told that for practical reasons, the copper utensils are
tinned. With covered copper cooking is safe and the the utensils do
not need polishing. Few old man still work on the copper plates . What
they were making was just as interesting as where they were working.
The collection of work were trays, the Turkish bath bowls, cooking
utensils, Turkish coffee cups and yogurt containers, pots, pans...
We learned the Turkish names for some of them: Hamam Tasi, ibrik, lenger,
bakrac... shop keepers were using Shahmaran like a Catholic will use the icons
of Mary in their homes or churches.
Shahmaran - The queen of the snakes
Once upon a time a man found himself in trouble. Shahmaran saved him. The man promised her that he will never tell any one where Shahmaran lives. However, he did not keep his promise and revealed the location of the queen of the snakes. Shahmaran was caught and killed . The man who betrayed the confidence of Shahmaran was honored with an important title.
Rose finally arrived and joined the group
waited for the tin man to return from the mosque.
last stop for the day was the "Association of the Disabled." We met the
politicians who are running for the June12th elections.
The president of the association ,Hasan Bey,
was please to see us. tomorrow we will visit the same work shop to see the
jewelers at work. .A young girl who was working on jewelry making as a
hobby was so impressed with our visit, she gave a 1000 -piece puzzle
as a gift.