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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 Powder Flasks and Belt

Powder Flasks and Belt

Michel Boche (French) Manufacturer
mid 19th century
51.83
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Image for Single Leaf of a Portrait of the Emperor Jahangir

Single Leaf of a Portrait of the Emperor Jahangir

Indian Artist
13th century AH/AD 1825-1875 (Mughal)
W.705
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The Lights of Canopus

1264 AH/AD 1847 (Qajar)
W.599
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Pair of Doors

Iranian Artist
1850-1910 (Qajar)
67.634
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Image for Single Leaf of an Outdoor Scene in the Safavid Style

Single Leaf of an Outdoor Scene in the Safavid Style

Iranian (?) Artist
late 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Safavid)
W.812
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Qur'an

1269 AH/AD 1853 (Ottoman)
W.743
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Book on Horses

1271 AH/AD 1854-1855 (Ottoman)
W.661
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Bracelet with Portrait Miniatures

Indian Artist
1860-1870
38.665
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Qur'an

1282 AH/AD 1865-1866 (Ottoman)
W.577
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Image for Pen Box with Scenes from the "Haft Paykar"

Pen Box with Scenes from the "Haft Paykar"

1283 AH/AD1866-1867 (Qajar)
67.3
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Enameled Box

India Artist
20th century
44.657
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Description of Mr. Henry Walters' Collection of Oriental Royal Arms Etc.

1903
W.848
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