Cymbal Art



    The beginning of the eighteenth century was the start of both opening to the Western world and increasing the necessary self-renovation efforts for the Ottoman Empire . Although this or “the renovation” period, it is much too complicated to be explained in a single phrase. In the beginning of this process, Ottoman Art progressed along a path balanced between the traditional and the new.



    Levni; Abdülcelil Çelebi is the most accomplished and famous Ottoman painter of the early eighteenth century. Levni received the title of court painter under Sultan Mustafa II (r. 1695-1703) and Ahmet III (r. 1703-1730), for whom he executed his marvelously composed masterpieces. Levni is the artistic extension of the tendencies and directions summarized as “westernization” that started to appear in the beginning of the eighteenth century. His personality and artistic talent, and the period's conditions have mutually affected each other, opening the way for a new point of view in the Ottoman art of painting.


    The DANCING GIRL by the Ottoman painter is a part of an album containing 42full length portraits dating from the first decades of the18th century. With their innovative style, manifest in a greater animation of figures and more detailed rendition of moods and costumes than are found in earlier Ottoman art.



    Sogutt shield ride's contemporary mission is to protect the world of cymbals from those who emphasize function over form.

    A true masterpiece of inspiration. Cymbal art.

    Most of the Ottoman shields in European Collections are the spoils of war, especially from the Siege of Vienna in 1683.

    Shields have always been a charming spoil and protected meticulously. Shields can be found in the collections of museums around the world including Vienna, Dresden, Karlsruhe, Budapest, Venice, Krakov, Warsaw, Poznan and Moscow besides the museums in Turkey, especially in Istanbul.

    The majority of the shields that survive to this day are of the ornamental variety.

    A coloured shield has always been the most important piece of a weapon collection in palaces, castles and even aristocratic mansions.

    In the middle of these embellished shields having a 60-cm diameter, there is a bell area with a 20-cm diameter made from linden tree. Nearly 40 matting were bind to the center. This type of reed is very flexible and strong. By binding the coloured silk threads carefully and tightly around this reed matting, geometric cypress trees, flowered branches, arabesque designs, chine clouds, embellishments including inscriptions; which are peculiar to Ottomans, were made.

    The main color was red and blue, green and yellow stressed it.


    T-Cymbals Ottoman shield/ride is handmade as the reproduction of 16th century shields by our artist Ela Erten. As an artist Ela Erten produces her own works. As an ornamental studies expert&painter, she leads restorations in palaces and museums in Turkey.