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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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Anthology of Persian Poetry

Iranian Artist
1105 AH/AD 1693 (Safavid)
W.653
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Powder Flask

Indian Artist
18th-1st half 19th century (late Mughal)
71.418
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Rosewater Flask

Turkish Ceramicist
1st half of the 18th century (Ottoman)
48.1208
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Sword ("Shamshir")

18th century (Early Modern)
51.13
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Jade Handle

Islamic Artist
18th-19th century (Ottoman)
51.82
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Powder Flask

Indian Artist
18th century (Early Modern)
71.419
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Portrait of a Ruler

Indian Artist
1111-1163 AH/AD 1700-1750
W.889
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Single Leaf of a Mughal Emperor with a Document

Indian Artist
12th-13th century AH/AD 18th-19th century (Mughal)
W.714
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Anthology of Persian Poetry

Iranian Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century
W.654
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Qur'an

African Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century
W.568
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Qur'an

12th century AH/AD 18th century
W.574
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Turban Cover

Algerian Artist
18th century (Ottoman)
83.178
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Pen Box and Inkwell with Tughra of Ahmed III

Turkish Artist
18th century (Ottoman)
57.627
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Bowl with Islamic Design

Chinese Artist
18th century
42.1468
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Image for Single Leaf of Shah Sarmad and Prince Dara Shikoh

Single Leaf of Shah Sarmad and Prince Dara Shikoh

Indian Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
W.912
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Bowl

Balkan Silversmith
18th century (Early Modern)
57.791
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Mirror Cover

Turkish Artist
18th century (Ottoman)
83.214
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Baton with Jade Finial

Indian Artist
18th century (Ottoman)
57.1577
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Prayer Rug

Turkish Artist
18th century (Ottoman)
81.1
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Bowl

Greek Silversmith
18th century (Early Modern)
57.1083
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Women Bathing on the Bank of a River

Indian Artist
early 12th century AH/AD 18th century (Rajput)
W.708
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Talisman with Inscriptions

Near Eastern Artist
18th century (?)
54.534
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Single Leaf of a Portrait of the Emperor Akbar

Indian Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
W.711
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Mughal Court Scene

Indian Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
W.698
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Dancing Girls

Indian Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century (Rajput)
W.710
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Single Leaf of a Seated Man with a Flower

Indian Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
W.709
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Work on the Duties of Muslims Towards the Prophet Muhammad with an Account of His Life

12th century AH/AD 18th century
W.580
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Yusuf and Zulaykha

late 12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
W.646
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Portrait of Lal Kunwar

Indian Artist
12th century AH/AD 18th century (Mughal)
W.712
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Tadhkirat awla al-albab wa al-Jami li'ajab al-'ujaab

early 18th century
W.587
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Dagger with Crystal Handle

Indian Artist
18th century (Early Modern)
51.35
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Nargile

Chinese Artist
Vessel: ca. 1720; Water pipe: mid 19th century
49.2199
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