Ancient theater puppet on display in Turkey’s Gaziantep
GAZİANTEP – DHA
A unique earthenware puppet baby dating from around 1,500 years B.C. is on exhibition in the Medusa Glass Artifacts Museum in the eastern province of Gaziantep.
The museum authorities stated the earthenware puppet baby was a rare and unique artifact with no other pair in Turkey.
“The Greek era puppet baby made from fired earthenware draws great attention from visitors in our museum.
The baby dates back to 3,000 years ago. When we checked all the registrations in the government and private museums, we saw that there is only one piece of this puppet in Turkey. This puppet baby is one of a kind in all of Turkey and it is exhibited in our museum,” said the director of the museum İbrahim Halil Algın.
“The puppet baby whose arms, legs and head can be moved was used in theater plays during the Greek era,” informed Algın.
The Medusa Glass Artifacts Museum is Turkey’s first glass museum and it exhibits 6,000 pieces of artifacts from the Byzantine and the Roman periods.
Along with many historical artifacts made from bronze and fired earthenware, the glass accessories women used in the second and third centuries are on display in the museum.