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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 Qur'an

Qur'an

Islamic Artist
1800-1900
W.576
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Image for Box in the Form of a Building

Box in the Form of a Building

Islamic Artist
19th century (Ottoman)
57.848
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Box in the Form of a Building

Islamic Artist
19th century (Ottoman)
57.849
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Image for Pen Box with Mary and Joseph with Infant Jesus

Pen Box with Mary and Joseph with Infant Jesus

Islamic Artist
19th century (Qajar)
67.4
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Image for Spoon with Foliage

Spoon with Foliage

Islamic Artist
19th century (Ottoman)
57.891
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Image for Pen Box with Battle Scenes

Pen Box with Battle Scenes

Ibrahim (?) Artist
19th century (Qajar)
67.6
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Image for Box in the Form of a Building

Box in the Form of a Building

Islamic Artist
19th century (Ottoman)
57.850
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Pendant with Female Bust

Iranian Artist
1st half 19th century (Qajar)
44.333
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Image for Pen Box with Battle and Lion-Hunt Scenes

Pen Box with Battle and Lion-Hunt Scenes

Iranian Artist
19th century (Qajar)
67.8
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Image for Spoon with Foliage

Spoon with Foliage

Islamic Artist
19th century (Ottoman)
57.890
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Baksh Scribe
19th century
W.572
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Belt Buckle

Persian Artist
early 19th century
57.882
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Turban Ornament

Persian Artist
early 19th century
57.883
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Image for Figure on Horseback with Figure with Mace Behind Him

Figure on Horseback with Figure with Mace Behind Him

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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Iranian Artist
13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar)
W.575
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Image for Collection of Poems (Divan)

Collection of Poems (Divan)

13th century AH/AD 19th century (Fatimid)
W.637
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Image for Single Leaf of Elephant Combat

Single Leaf of Elephant Combat

Indian Artist
13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal)
W.715
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Image for Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama)

Abridgment of the Book of Kings (Shahnama)

13th century AH/AD 19th century
W.597
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Image for Qur'an Board

Qur'an Board

African Artist
19th century
61.347
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Image for Pen Box with Battle Scenes and Pastoral Scenes

Pen Box with Battle Scenes and Pastoral Scenes

Iranian Artist
19th century (Qajar)
67.7
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Image for Anthology of Persian Poetry

Anthology of Persian Poetry

Iranian Artist
early 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar)
W.655
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Image for Betel or Paan Box with Inscription and Floral Scrolls

Betel or Paan Box with Inscription and Floral Scrolls

Indian Artist
19th century (British Raj)
53.153
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Figure on Horseback

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Image for Ottoman Diploma in Calligraphy

Ottoman Diploma in Calligraphy

1219 AH/AD 1804-1805 (Ottoman)
W.674
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Image for Akbar Shah II Riding on an Elephant

Akbar Shah II Riding on an Elephant

Indian Artist
ca. 1820
35.95
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Sword ("Yataghan") and Scabbard

Umar Artist
1810-1811 (Modern)
51.6
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Qur'an

Iranian Artist
1230 AH/AD 1814-1815 (?)
W.567
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Image for Pen-Box with Hunters and Portraits

Pen-Box with Hunters and Portraits

1815-1816
71.570
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Dagger and Sheath

Turkish Artist
mid 19th century (Modern)
51.77
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Spoon with Foliage

Islamic Artist
mid 19th century (Ottoman)
57.893
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Spoon with Foliage

Islamic Artist
mid 19th century (Ottoman)
57.894
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Spoon with Foliage

Islamic Artist
mid 19th century (Ottoman)
57.892
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