Turkish Cargo has flown 186 historical artifacts owned by Dolmabahçe and Topkapı Palaces to Tokyo (Japan) so they could be displayed at an exhibition entitled “The Ottoman Empire and Tulip Culture”.
The Istanbul cargo carrier operated the valuable cargo payload on a widebody Boeing 777 Freighter on the route from Istanbul Airport to Tokyo Narita International Airport.
Before they were flown, the artifacts in Topkapı and Dolmabahçe Palaces were packaged with protective materials that shielded their texture and structure before they were put into 56 high-security wooden cases.
The artifacts from Topkapı Palace such as “Bed of Suleiman the Magnificent”, “Kaftan of Sultan Osman II”, “Ceremonial Flask” along with the artifacts in Dolmabahçe Palace such as “Yusen Shippo Vase”, “Wooden Writing Table”, and “Bamboo Mirror” which were gifted to Sultan Abdulhamid II, by Emperor Meiji of Japan, have been all delivered to Japan.
The 186 artifacts transported weighed around eight tons and carry great significance for Turkish culture and history, will be displayed at the National Art Center, Tokyo, between 20 March – 20 May, and at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, between 14 June – 28 July.
The exbhition in Tokyo is being held as part of the events organised for 2019, which has been declared as the “Year of Turkish Culture” across Japan.