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Adana Ethnography


The abandoned church in a city centre at Kuruköprü which was built in 1845 was arranged as a museum after 1924. Following the transfer of the material to the new museum building in 1972, the church was restored and has been used as an Ethnography Museum since 1983.

Stone Works

Inscriptions and tomb stones in "kufi", "sülüs" and "nezih" calligraphy are exhibited in the garden.
In the southern and northern sections, female and male tomb stones in the Ottoman tradition from the 17th century are displayed including plain, coin headed, mecidiye type stones as well as stones with crowns shaped as fez, turban or in the baroque style. Tomb stones of some prominent people such as the Governor of Adana, Süleyman Paşazade Ahmet Pasha, the Local Administrator of Karaisali, Hasan Fevzi Bey, The Military Governor of Adana, Miratizade İbrahim Bey, the Treasure of Adana, Mustafa Bey of Sophia, the Chief Forest Inspector Akif Efendi can be found among the collection.
In the western section, inscriptions from the Turkish-Islamic works are exhibited. The most prominent examples among them are the restoration inscriptions of Misis Inn, Adana Governor's Bureau, Bahripaşa Fountain, Taşköprü (the Stone Bridge), Misis Bridge and the Ottoman State Seal.

Ethnographical Works

Case no.1 : rough leather foot-wear, holy water (zemzem) set, copper coffee urn, wooden coffee grinders, brazier, bride's clogs, hedik, hand protection (kirkit), bellows, kirkit, sacks, sun measure
Case no.2 : Instruments - Ney, reed pipe (kaval), tribal zurnas
Case no.3: Gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets
Case no.4: Silver belts and belt buckles
Case no.5 : Necklaces and worry beads with silver charms
Case no.6: Silver anklet, ring, head piece (tepelik) and bracelet, cigarette holder, kohl box , and watch with chain
Case no.7 : Bowed musical instruments (kabak kemane, tambur, kemençe)
Wall Case no.8: Sword and shield
Case no.9: Short jacket with split sleeves (cepken) woman's garment with gilt embroidery, gilt weaved women's garment displayed on a mannequin
Case no.10 : Garments - two bindallı and cepken displayed on mannequins

Weaving (Istar) Section
Hand looms, and weaving instruments and tools (loom, shuttle, kirkit, bowspinning wheel, ılkıdır, kirmen, çıkrık) and kilim samples on the wall.

Nomad (Yörük) Tent

Black horse hair tent. Inside the tent: trousseau bags, felts and kilims on the floor, wall pillows, a lamp, a partridge cage, a hızman, a gun and a gun powder case. In front of the tent a leather foot-wear (çarık), a wooden water cup, a stone mortar, a churn, and a spoon case. On the left side of the tent a nomad girl with a butter churn, a hand grinder and on the wall a kilim with a ram horn motif.

Oriental Room

In the centre there is a brazier and a fully costumed nomad girl mannequin. On the wall there is a deer skin and a copper tray with inscriptions.
Cases no.1-2-3 : Gilded and lithographic Korans, and samples of "güz"
Case no.4 : Sword, and knife samples
Case no 5: Gun powder filled guns and gun powder cases
Case no.6: Flintlock guns
Wall case no.7 : Sword and shield
Case no.8 : Hand towels and money pouches with silver gilt thread embrodiery
Case no 9 : Commonly used garments of the nomadic tribe women


Samples of hand woven material from the nomadic tribes living in the Taurus mountains including kilims of various styles such as cicim, zili, sumak, ilikli and plain weaves, rug, saddle bag, prayer rugs and pillows. There are also felt prayer rugs and trousseau bags.