Iznik – Ottoman Pottery from the Depths of the Adriatic
The exhibition has been produced by Dubrovnik Museums and the Croatian Conservation Institute in cooperation with the Mimara Museum and the Yunus Emre Institute.
It features important archaeological material from a Venetian merchantman that at the end of the 16th century went down in the Sveti Pavo Shoal off Mljet Island.
The exhibition presents the results of six campaigns of archaeological research into the wreck. The cargo of the ship consisted of rare and costly ceramics from Iznik, and in addition Italian ware, glass and metal vessels, coins, ship’s equipment and bronze cannon were found, illustrating the life on board this merchant ship.
Objects found in a closed archaeological unit like the wreck on the Sveti Pavao Shoal have outstanding value in the chronological definition of the production of ceramics of Iznik town, illustrate the economic conditions of the time and are unique specimens of East-West trade in the second half of the 16th century
Exhibition devised by Igor Miholjek and Vesna Zmaić Kralj
Exhibition associate: Ana Kaznačić Skurić
Exhibition design: Ivona Michl
A bilingual catalogue is available in the museum shop.