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Islamic Manuscripts


The Walters’ collection of Islamic Manuscripts showcases masterpieces of illuminated and illustrated manuscripts. The sacred, devotional and non-religious manuscripts presented here were created across the breadth of the Islamic world and date from the 9th through the 19th century. In the Islamic book, the primary vehicle for literary and artistic expression, the powers of poetry, prayer and visual form collide. They bear witness to remarkable achievements in literature and the book arts. Examples include a 15th-century Koran from northern India, executed at the height of the Timurid empire; a luxurious 16th-century copy of the Khamsa by Amir Khusraw, illustrated by a number of famous artists for the emperor Akbar; and a Turkish calligraphy album by Sheik Handullah al Amasi, one of the greatest calligraphers. 

All images of Islamic manuscripts were created and are provided through a Preservation and Access grant awarded to The Walters Art Museum by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2008-2010.


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Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama) Title
13th century AH/AD 19th century Period
W.597 Accession
book, islamic Tags
Album of Indian Miniatures and Persian Calligraphy
Album of Indian Miniatures and Persian Calligraphy Title
late 12th century AH/AD 18th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Rajput) Period
W.669 Accession
erotic indian miniatures and persian calligraphy Tags
Album of Ottoman Calligraphy
Album of Ottoman Calligraphy Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century-12th century AH/AD 18th century (Ottoman) Period
W.672 Accession
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings Title
late 10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar) Period
W.668 Accession
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy, Miniatures, and Prints
Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy, Miniatures, and Prints Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Qajar; Zand) Period
W.670 Accession
Album of Persian and Indian Miniatures, Calligraphy, and European Engravings
Album of Persian and Indian Miniatures, Calligraphy, and European Engravings Title
11th century AH/AD 17th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar; Zand; Deccan) Period
W.771 Accession
erotic, turban, portrait, bullets Tags
Album of Persian Calligraphy
Album of Persian Calligraphy Title
11th century AH/AD 17th century Period
W.673 Accession
Album of Persian Miniatures and Calligraphy
Album of Persian Miniatures and Calligraphy Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century-14th century AH/AD 20th century Period
W.671 Accession
hatt Tags
Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad
Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad Title
767 AH/AD 1366 Period
W.581 Accession
Anthology of Persian Poetry
Anthology of Persian Poetry Title
1105 AH/AD 1693 (Safavid) Period
W.653 Accession
Anthology of Persian Poetry
Anthology of Persian Poetry Title
early 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar) Period
W.655 Accession
Anthology of Persian Poetry
Anthology of Persian Poetry Title
12th century AH/AD 18th century Period
W.654 Accession
Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Book of Kings (Shahnama) Title
Manuscript: 1028 AH/AD 1618-1619; Illustrations: 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Safavid) Period
W.601 Accession
Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Book of Kings (Shahnama) Title
1028 AH/AD 1618-1619 (Qajar) Period
W.602 Accession
combat Tags
Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Book of Kings (Shahnama) Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid) Period
W.600 Accession
Book of Kings (Shahnama)
Book of Kings (Shahnama) Title
11th century AH/AD 17th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar-Safavid) Period
W.603 Accession
Book on Horses
Book on Horses Title
1271 AH/AD 1854-1855 (Ottoman) Period
W.661 Accession
Book on Logic
Book on Logic Title
918 AH/AD 1512 (Ottoman) Period
W.591 Accession
Book on Navigation
Book on Navigation Title
late 11th century AH/AD 17th century-early 12th century AH/AD 18th century (Ottoman) Period
W.658 Accession
sicily, rhodes, pasman, otranto, sea, mediterranean, marseille, grenada, ancona, cairo, messina, zadar, sardinia, catanzaro, trieste, ferrara, genoa, libya, ottoman, portugal, granada, kurdistan, lemnos, iskenderun, genicke, kalymnos Tags
Burning and Melting
Burning and Melting Title
1068 AH/AD 1657 (Safavid; Mughal) Period
W.649 Accession
Collected Works (Kulliyat)
Collected Works (Kulliyat) Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid) Period
W.618 Accession
oillups Tags
Collected Works (Kulliyat)
Collected Works (Kulliyat) Title
934 AH/AD 1527 (Safavid) Period
W.617 Accession
Collected Works (Kulliyat)
Collected Works (Kulliyat) Title
926 AH/AD 1520 Period
W.616 Accession
Collection of Poems
Collection of Poems Title
1017 AH/AD 1609 (Safavid) Period
W.623 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century; Paintings: 11th century AH/AD 17th century Period
W.640 Accession
Collection of Poems (divan)
Collection of Poems (divan) Title
966 AH/AD 1559 (Safavid) Period
W.630 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
Sha'ban 918 AH/AD 1512 (Safavid) Period
W.628 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid) Period
W.633 Accession
djami Tags
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
13th century AH/AD 19th century (Fatimid) Period
W.637 Accession
6-7 Tags
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
1st half 11th century AH/AD 17th century Period
W.638 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid) Period
W.632 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
1011 AH/AD 1602 (Mughal) Period
W.650 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid) Period
W.639 Accession
Collection of Poems (divan)
Collection of Poems (divan) Title
946 AH/AD 1539 (Safavid) Period
W.631 Accession
Collection of Poems (divan)
Collection of Poems (divan) Title
958 AH/AD 1552 (Safavid) Period
W.629 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid) Period
W.634 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
1210 AH/AD 1796 (Fatimid) Period
W.636 Accession
Collection of Poems (Divan)
Collection of Poems (Divan) Title
1202 AH/AD 1788 (?) Period
W.635 Accession
Collection of Poems (masnavi)
Collection of Poems (masnavi) Title
1073 AH/AD 1663 Period
W.626 Accession
1340 Tags
Collection of Poems (masnavi)
Collection of Poems (masnavi) Title
865 AH/AD 1461 Period
W.625 Accession
Collection of Prayers for the Prophet Muhammad
Collection of Prayers for the Prophet Muhammad Title
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Ottoman) Period
W.583 Accession
Colophon
Colophon Title
923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518 Period
W.606.368A Accession
persian Tags
Commentary on an Abridgment of the Canon of Medicine
Commentary on an Abridgment of the Canon of Medicine Title
969 AH/AD 1561 Period
W.588 Accession
Commentary on Select Verses of the Qur'an
Commentary on Select Verses of the Qur'an Title
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Ottoman) Period
W.667 Accession
Compendium of Medicine
Compendium of Medicine Title
22 Rabi' II 889 AH/AD 1484 Period
W.595 Accession
Epic of Alexander the Great
Epic of Alexander the Great Title
891 AH/AD 1486 (Ottoman) Period
W.664 Accession
Epic of Timur
Epic of Timur Title
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid) Period
W.648 Accession
Five Poems (Quintet)
Five Poems (Quintet) Title
923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518 Period
W.606 Accession
Five Poems (Quintet)
Five Poems (Quintet) Title
1595 (Mughal) Period
W.613 Accession
shivdas Tags
Five Poems (Quintet)
Five Poems (Quintet) Title
1597-1598 (Mughal) Period
W.624 Accession
mughal Tags
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