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Islamic World

The term “Islamic art” encompasses the entire realm of artistic production in those lands where, from the 7th century onward, the Muslim religion took hold. Islamic art includes not only objects used in the service of religion but also those created for the courts of the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as articles used in everyday life, over a territory that at its height stretched from present-day Spain and North Africa westward to India. The museum’s holdings reflect the cultural diversity and geographical range of Islamic cultures.

Islamic achievements in all artistic media are represented at the Walters. Among the highlights are a 7th-century carved and hammered silver bowl from Iran that demonstrates the continuation of Sassanian traditions in early Muslim Persia; a 13th-century candlestick made of copper, silver, and gold from Mamluk Egypt; 16th-century mausoleum doors decorated with intricate wood carvings in a radiating star pattern; a delicate 17th-century silk sash from Moghul India; and a 17th-century Turkish tile with an image of the Great Mosque of Mecca.

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Plate with a King and Queen

Iranian Artist
6th-7th century (late Antique)
57.709
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Undecorated;in Greek uncial scrawls;

551
W.519
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Vine Motif

Egyptian Artist
7th-8th century
71.1108
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Vine Motif

Egyptian Artist
7th-8th century
71.1107
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Vine Motif

Egyptian Artist
7th-8th century
71.1116
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Painted Leather Fragment

Egyptian Artist
7th-9th century
73.106
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Lamp

Persian Artist
7th-8th century
54.531
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Inscribed Pound Weight

Syrian Artist
126 AH/AD 743 (Early Medieval)
47.6
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Bowl with "Kufic" Inscriptions

Iranian Artist
9th-10th century (Medieval)
48.2071
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Qur'an

Islamic Artist
3rd century AH/AD 9th century (Abbasid)
W.552
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Qur'an

Islamic Artist
3rd century AH/AD 9th century (Abbasid)
W.553
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Qur'an

Islamic Artist
late 3rd century AH/AD 9th century-5th century AH/AD 11th century (Abbasid)
W.554
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Painted Fragment of a "Tiraz"

Islamic Artist
early 10th century (Medieval)
83.566
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Fragment of a Tiraz

Egyptian Artist
early 10th century
83.543
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Fragment of a Garment

Iraqi Artist
1st half 10th century
83.522
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Lusterware Bowl

Egyptian Artist
10th century (Medieval)
48.2037
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Bracelet Ornamented with Doves and Cones

Islamic Artist
10th century (?)
57.1921
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Earring

Syrian (?) Artist
late 10th-11th century (Medieval)
57.586
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Gold Jewelry Elements

late 10th-early 11th century (Medieval)
57.1596
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Plaque with Figural Scene

Egyptian Artist
11th-12th century (Fatimid)
71.562
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Plaque with Figural Scene

Egyptian Artist
11th-12th century (Medieval)
71.563
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Lusterware Plate with Bird Motif

Egyptian Artist
11th century (Medieval)
48.2036
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Aquamanile (Handwasher) in the Form of a Cheetah

Italian (?) Artist
11th-13th century (Medieval)
54.2434
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Eagle and Ibex

Egyptian Artist
11th-12th century
71.1114
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Qur'an

Islamic Artist
5th century AH/AD 11th century-6th century AH/AD 12th century (Abbasid)
W.555
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Lion Attacked by a Snake

Mesopotamian Artist
12th century
54.447
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Lion Attacked by a Snake

Mesopotamian Artist
12th century
54.446
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Box (Pyx)

Sicilian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
71.308
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Coffer

Sicilian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
71.310
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Comb with Scrolls and Birds

Sicilian Artist
12th century (Medieval)
71.48
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Box (Pyx)

Sicilian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
71.314
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Mirror with Sphinxes

Islamic Artist
12th century (Seljuk)
54.520
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