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Grand Bazaar Of The Mirror

76After the Grand Bazaar Magazine starteel to be publishecl, famous archievist Taha Toros accepted to see me. Eveıy corner of his house was arranged as archives. There one saw the effort and work of years. He macle his assistants examine my magazines and likeel them. When he handed me all the documents he had on the Grand Bazaar for me to make a copy of each, I was bursting with happiness. This is how I learned about the MIRROR, from these documents. Hüseyin Kayar was one of the tradesmen in Inner Bedestan. He also was the chairman of the guild. I also learnecl that he was a member of the board when Mehmet Esmer was the chairman in 1954 fire. However, his most impoıtant quality was that he was the last person in charge of the cabinets and safe deposit boxes in Inner Bedestan.While he was ralking about the safe deposit boxes, he mentioned two mirrors during an interview he was giving to a journalist. These mirrors were veıy valuable because they were antiques. However, they were the belongings of Inner Bedestan and were not for sale or rent. Whenever a tradesman needed them, they would borrow it with an adequate bail and bring it back afterwards. So what do you think these mirrors were for’ One of the mirrors was good for arın, leg, back pain and some rheumatics. And the other one was to clear other disorders in the bocly. It was especially good for paralyzecl mouth, nose anel cross-eyes. Cemaleddin Bildik states the following: “I was really curious. Mr.Kayar left and came back with a velvet pouch. He took out two steel circles of fifteen diameters from the pouch. The hanclles of these mirrors were just !ike the ones older mirrors had; the faces of the ınirrors were embellished with various Arabic writings anel flowers; the rest were plain … ” “The person who suffered from rheuınatics used to take the mirror anel press it against the part that achecl and wait. When the person repeatecl this a few times, they say that the pain woulcl disappear. If the person’s face was paralyzed, he/she used to take the other mirror and look at it for a while. If heshe repeated this a few times, paralyzecl parts of his/her face would becoıne normal. I askecl Mr.Hüseyin: -Is there a stili person who uses these mirrors’ -No, no one uses them anymore. But a jeweler who knew that the mirrors were here anel suffered from a pain in his leg asked for these mirrors anel we gave it to him. When he was returning them, we asked him if the mirrors workecl. He said: ‘Can’t you see? I was unable to walk. Now all the pain is gone’. -How much do you !enel these ınirrors for? -W e do not charge any money … W e !enel these mirrors to the ones who believe their curing power for free but we ask them to show us a guarantor. These mirrors have historic value. We do not want them to get lost. That is why we ask for a guarantor before we !enel them.” I was also cuıious about these ciı·cle steel framed miıToı·s in velvet pouch. Although Mr.Hüseyin passed away, his son was stili in Inner Bedestan. I found Mr.Taner and he said: ‘A jeweler took the miıTors and I do not know what happened to them after that’. He seemed careless. How about the last safe deposit boxes and their records? What happened to these deposit boxes with no heiı·s?

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