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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 Raqqa Lusterware Bowl

Raqqa Lusterware Bowl

Syrian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
48.1044
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Image for Truncated Pyramidal Box with Punched Decoration

Truncated Pyramidal Box with Punched Decoration

Sicilian Artist
12th century (Romanesque)
71.313
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Box (Pyx)

Sicilian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
71.311
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Image for Standing Warrior Holding a Sword

Standing Warrior Holding a Sword

Persian Artist
12th century (Seljuq)
24.1
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Image for Casket with Harpies

Casket with Harpies

Mesopotamian Artist
12th-13th century
54.525
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Image for Ivory Plaque with Peacock

Ivory Plaque with Peacock

Egyptian Artist
12th century (Medieval)
71.566
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Image for Lusterware Bowl with Peacock

Lusterware Bowl with Peacock

Syrian Artist
12th-early 13th century (Medieval)
48.1231
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Image for Bucket with Roundels and Signs of the Zodiac

Bucket with Roundels and Signs of the Zodiac

Iranian Metalworker
12th century (Medieval)
54.523
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Image for Eagle and Rabbit

Eagle and Rabbit

Egyptian Artist
12th century
71.565
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Image for Cylindrical Box with Incised Decoration

Cylindrical Box with Incised Decoration

Italian Artist
12th century
71.307
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Image for Standing Figure

Standing Figure

Egyptian Artist
12th century (Fatimid)
71.567
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Image for Calyx on High Foot

Calyx on High Foot

Persian Artist
12th century
54.529
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Image for Round Cover, Probably for a Box

Round Cover, Probably for a Box

12th century
54.515
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Image for Eagle and Rabbit

Eagle and Rabbit

Egyptian Artist
12th century
71.564
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Image for Seated Lion Figurine

Seated Lion Figurine

Iranian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
48.1147
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Image for Polycandelon

Polycandelon

Iranian Artist
12th-13th century (Medieval)
54.2363
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Image for Female Head with Floral Headdress

Female Head with Floral Headdress

Iranian Artist
12th century (Medieval)
48.1192
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Image for Vase with Signs of the Zodiac

Vase with Signs of the Zodiac

Iranian Artist
12th-early 13th century (Medieval)
54.453
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Image for Turned Cylindrical Box with Molded Decoration

Turned Cylindrical Box with Molded Decoration

Sicilian Artist
12th century (Romanesque)
71.309
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Iranian Artist
6th century AH/AD 12th century
W.557
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Qur'an

African Artist
6th century AH/AD 12th century
W.556
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Image for Jar with Cover

Jar with Cover

Persian Artist
late 12th century
54.452
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Image for Pen Box and Inkwell

Pen Box and Inkwell

Iranian (?) Artist
late 12th century
54.450
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Image for Comb with Peacocks, Cheetah, and Scrolls

Comb with Peacocks, Cheetah, and Scrolls

Sicilian Artist
late 12th century
71.58
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Image for Tray for a Serving Table

Tray for a Serving Table

Iranian Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Medieval)
54.530
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Image for Serving Dish for Sweetmeats

Serving Dish for Sweetmeats

Iranian Artist
12th century (Medieval)
48.1011
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Image for Jug with Sphinxes, Griffins, and Heron

Jug with Sphinxes, Griffins, and Heron

Islamic Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1169
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Image for Bowl with Seated Figures Flanking a Tree

Bowl with Seated Figures Flanking a Tree

Islamic Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1075
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Bottle with Enthroned Prince with Horsemen

Islamic Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1260
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Bowl with Horsemen

Islamic Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1079
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Bowl with Seated Figures

Iranian Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1276
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Beaker with Seated Figures

Iranian Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1234
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