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Name of Object:

Karagöz and Hacivat Shadow Play


Bursa, Turkey

Holding Museum:

Bursa Karagöz Museum

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Shadow play is having semi transparent figures being shown and moved through a semi transparent screen. The characters of Hacivat and Karagöz plays represent the multi ethnic characters of the Ottoman Empire. They are represented quite in details with their figures, attitudes, dances etc. It received its basic character in the 17th century and developed further in the following centuries and became one of the most popular traditional entertainments among the Turks. It was performed by single artist that is called hayali (imaginary person) or hayalbaz. One of the main character of the play that the player changes his voice and the way of talking depending on the character he was animating.

Citation of this web page:

 "Karagöz and Hacivat Shadow Play" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;tr;206;en&id=theatre

MWNF Working Number: TR2 202