Turkey, Kütahya, 18th century
- What do the shapes of these ornaments remind you of?
- What designs do you see painted on them?
- Where do you think there would have been hung?
These ornaments are made of a glassy ceramic called “fritware”, which is similar to porcelain. They are decorated with winged angels and crosses. They are hollow, and pierced at the top and bottom so they can be hung as decoration or strung together. These ornaments were made for the Armenian community and churches in Turkey and Jerusalem.
In Singapore, the Armenian Apostolic Church of St Gregory the Illuminator – commonly called the Armenian Church – is Singapore’s oldest Christian church (1836). Located on Hill Street, it is just around the corner from ACM’s sister museum, the Peranakan Museum, which is on Armenian Street (named for the church).
Now walk past the red wall to the display case in the corner of the room, just before the entryway. Look for a lectern with the monogram "IHS". Examine it closely and consider the questions below. Find another lectern on display just opposite the hanging ornaments and compare materials and styles.