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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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Image for Covered Bowl in the Shape of a Leaf

Covered Bowl in the Shape of a Leaf

Indian Artist
17th-18th century (Early Modern)
42.270
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Image for Single Leaf of Six Spiritual Teachers

Single Leaf of Six Spiritual Teachers

Indian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.696
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Image for Single Leaf of Emperor Akbar Controlling an Enraged Elephant

Single Leaf of Emperor Akbar Controlling an Enraged Elephant

Indian Artist
17th century (Mughal)
W.873
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Archer's Thumb Ring

Indian Artist
17th century (Early Modern)
42.1471
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Image for Collection of Poems (Divan)

Collection of Poems (Divan)

1011 AH/AD 1602 (Mughal)
W.650
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Image for Bowl for Sausage Making

Bowl for Sausage Making

1603
48.1100
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Image for Collection of Poems

Collection of Poems

1017 AH/AD 1609 (Safavid)
W.623
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Marvels of the World

1022 AH/AD 1613 (Safavid)
W.652
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Storage Jar

ca. 1625-1700
48.1184
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Image for Book of Kings (Shahnama)

Book of Kings (Shahnama)

1028 AH/AD 1618-1619 (Qajar)
W.602
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Image for Book of Kings (Shahnama)

Book of Kings (Shahnama)

Manuscript: 1028 AH/AD 1618-1619; Illustrations: 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Safavid)
W.601
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Young Man with a Flower

Iranian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.680
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Image for Single Leaf of Courtiers at a Reception of Shah `Abbas I

Single Leaf of Courtiers at a Reception of Shah `Abbas I

Iranian Artist
mid 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.691
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Image for Single Leaf of a Nilgai

Single Leaf of a Nilgai

Indian Artist
1625-1650 (Mughal)
W.865
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Image for Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Jahan

Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Jahan

Indian Artist
mid 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.700
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Tile with Image of a Man

Iranian Artist
ca. 1650 (Safavid)
48.2873
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Image for Single Leaf of an Old Man Kneeling

Single Leaf of an Old Man Kneeling

mid 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.686
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Image for Celestial Globe

Celestial Globe

Iranian (?) Artist
1646/47
54.712
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Image for Five Poems (Quintet)

Five Poems (Quintet)

1059 AH/AD 1649 (Safavid; Qajar)
W.611
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Image for Gombroon Ware Bowl with Diamond Pattern

Gombroon Ware Bowl with Diamond Pattern

Iranian Artist
2nd half 17th century (Early Modern)
48.1730
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Jesuit Priest

Indian Artist
mid-11th century AH/17th century AD (Mughal)
W.695
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Burning and Melting

1068 AH/AD 1657 (Safavid; Mughal)
W.649
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Book on Navigation

late 11th century AH/AD 17th century-early 12th century AH/AD 18th century (Ottoman)
W.658
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Image for Collection of Poems (masnavi)

Collection of Poems (masnavi)

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'Alam

1664-1665 (Early Modern)
52.317
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Image for Three Hundred Sixty Sufi Questions

Three Hundred Sixty Sufi Questions

1081 AH/AD 1670 (Ottoman)
W.585
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Glossary of Islamic Legal Terminology

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Image for Velvet Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Velvet Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Islamic Artist
late 17th century
83.87
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Container and Tray with Floral Pattern

Indian Artist
late 17th-18th century (Early Modern)
41.256
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Rosewater Flask

Turkish Ceramicist
ca. 1700-1750 (Ottoman)
48.1737
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Image for Single Leaf of a Couple Embracing

Single Leaf of a Couple Embracing

1098 AH/AD1689 (Safavid)
W.690
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