THE ETHNOGRAPHICAL EXHIBITS
The Antalya museum's Ethnographical collection occupies three galleries of the present-day museum.
At the entrance of the first hall is dominated by a magnificent inscripted Seljuk Period Bastion from the fortress of Antalya. This marble and lime-stone combination monument in the form of a fountain with twisted columns, multi foil arch and pediment with thick tenons. Composed of thirty-two dresses blocks in six rows within the arch is on inscription of five lines in thick sülüs script starting with words: "Emri bi imarı Hazel Burç", built by Keyhusrev bin Keykubat.
The building of this sacred fortress was ordered by Keyhüsrev, the son of Keykubat who was son of Keyhüsrev, the master of nations, the guard of the horizons, and the shade of God in this world and in the other. In the year 642=1226 A.D.
Some very fine examples of Seljuk and Ottoman tiles, religious materials, jewelry, seals, medals are displayed in this hall.
The Seljuk tiles on display originally decorated the Aspendos theater. These thirteenth century A.D. tiles, were made using underglaze. The Ottoman tiles, on the other hand, present different samples from the fifteenth century to the eighteenth century. These tiles were made in the İznik workshops.
Among the religious materials presented in the Ethnographical exhibits, the most interesting item is a Koran from Seljuk Period .
The costume collection of the museum includes women's tradition wear not only from the region but from various parts of Asia Minor. The type known as the "Bindallı" is the most popular and the most eye-catching of all.
In the case containing arms the visitor can view a display showing the evolution of arms, from the bow and arrow to the pistol.
On the other corridor leading one from first Hall to second, unusual examples of calligraphy and religious materials and scales from the Elmalı Abdal Musa Dervish Convent are displayed.
In the showcase containing spoons, the story of spoon-making from its designing stage to its actual making, is presented. The case also includes tools used for the purpose. The case that displays musical instruments includes particularly those instruments used by the nomads of the region. Both the case containing spoons and the case displaying musical instruments, represent sample of the handcraft of the people of Anatolia.
The showcases housing cigarette and coffee sets display the finest materials related to cigarette-smoking and coffee-drinking that were important in the daily life of the Ottoman Period.
The most interesting corner of Hall is the Yörük, or the nomads tent. A samples of the "Blank Tent" used in the mountains in the summer time and by the seaside in winter, is displayed with all the related materials necessary in the daily life of the nomads.
The "Döşemealtı" Carpets native to Antalya are the next most interesting objects of this hall. There are various rug samples and loom on display. The small showcases contain other samples of local weaving. In the third hall the visitor is presented with a typical nineteenth century Antalya home with its living room, bedroom and bathroom. In the other part of this hall there are samples of rugs chosen from the famous carpet centers of Anatolia. Among the rugs on displays a sixteenth century Uşak "medallion" rug, the oldest and largest rug of the museum. On the corridor leading the visitor out, various wood carvings employed in the homes of Antalya are displayed.