Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg
Vorderer und Mittlerer Orient/Nordafrika
Frauen in Straßenkleidung; Foto: unbekannter Fotograf, Iran, um 1900

The inventory of the North African and the Near- and Middle Eastern regions includes mainly ceramics, carpets and weaponry. In 1980 and in 1988 extensive and well-documented collections of Moroccan ceramics and pottery equipment as well as various soapstone artefacts passed into possession of the museum.

Two bronze bowls and one bronze mortar from the 11th century are among the most valuable objects from Afghanistan. In 1995 the museum received a sumptuous collection of Yemenite jewellery and drapery from Dr Eva Hoeck.

The famous Turkmen collection of the Orient department includes carpets dating back to the 18th century, as well as gold and silver jewellery.

Afghan carpet production is also a theme in this exhibition. This is due in a large part to two medical doctors from Hamburg, Dr Bernd Augustin and Dr Stefan Völcker, who have been accumulating artefacts for many years, and who have been donating parts of their collections to the museum on a regular basis.

The completely furnished Yomut-Turkmen yurt from northern Iran is special highlight in the exhibition. The yurt dates back to the years between 1940 and 1950, and was acquired by the museum in 1969. This brightly coloured work of carpet knotters dates back to the 19th century.


Jana Caroline Reimer
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