The Turkish Chamber is one of the oldest and most important collections of Ottoman art anywhere in the world outside Turkey and was opened in 2010. Thanks to their aesthetic tastes, their passion for collecting and their desire for princely prestige, the electors of Saxony between the 16th and the 19th century gathered together a wealth of treasures associated with the fashion for 'turquerie'.
The largest object in the Turkish Chamber is an Ottoman three-mast tent made of gold and silk. Among the other highlights are eight life-size carved wooden horses. Each of these Arabian stallions, which weigh around 150 kg and are magnificently fitted out with ceremonial horse trappings, is unique and has been custom-made in accordance with historical records. Another unique feature of the exhibition is the group of Ottoman reflex bows still with their original strings, the oldest of which dates back to the year 1586, as well as four folding drinking flagons made of leather.
(All photos copyright Dresden State Art Collections)