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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 Jug with Four Seated Musicians

Jug with Four Seated Musicians

Iranian Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1072
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Image for Vase with Horsemen and Seated Figures

Vase with Horsemen and Seated Figures

Iranian Artist
late 12th-early 13th century (Seljuq (?))
48.1278
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Image for Inkwell with "Kufic" and "Naskhi" Inscriptions

Inkwell with "Kufic" and "Naskhi" Inscriptions

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Box

Islamic Artist
13th century (Medieval)
54.517
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Image for Jug with Seated Women

Jug with Seated Women

Iranian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
48.1246
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Image for Truncated Pyramidal Box with Heraldic Motifs

Truncated Pyramidal Box with Heraldic Motifs

Italian Artist
13th century
71.306
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Image for Fritware Tile From a Frieze

Fritware Tile From a Frieze

Iranian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
48.1739
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Image for Casket with Design of Horsemen

Casket with Design of Horsemen

Iranian Artist
13th-14th century (Medieval)
54.519
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Image for Fritware Tile with a Lion Attacking a Zebu

Fritware Tile with a Lion Attacking a Zebu

Iranian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
48.1295
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Image for Four Leaves from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

Four Leaves from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

7th century AH/AD 13th century
W.750
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Image for Fritware Tile from a Frieze

Fritware Tile from a Frieze

Iranian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
48.1071
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Image for Bowl with Pigeons and Inscription

Bowl with Pigeons and Inscription

Iranian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
48.2041
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Basin

Syrian (?) Metalworker
13th century (Medieval)
54.526
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Image for Bowl

Bowl

Iranian Artist
early 13th century (Medieval)
48.2040
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Image for Ceremonial Riding Spur

Ceremonial Riding Spur

Syrian (?) Artist
13th century
57.599
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Image for Kashan Ware Jug with Leaf Patterns and Arabesques

Kashan Ware Jug with Leaf Patterns and Arabesques

Iranian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
48.1272
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Image for Fritware Tile from a Frieze

Fritware Tile from a Frieze

Iranian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
48.1293
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Incense Burner

Syrian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
54.451
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Bottle

Syrian Artist
13th century (Medieval)
47.9
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Image for Plate with Birds and Inscriptions

Plate with Birds and Inscriptions

Islamic Artist
1218
48.1242
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Image for Single Leaf from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

Single Leaf from the Arabic Version of Dioscorides' De materia medica

Rajab 621 AH/AD 1224
W.675
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Islamic Wall Tile

Iranian Artist
ca. 1250-1350
48.1281
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Ewer

644 AH/AD 1246-1247 (Crusader)
54.456
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Beaker

Syrian Artist
ca. 1260 (Crusader)
47.17
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Beaker

Syrian Artist
ca. 1260 (Crusader)
47.18
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Image for Star Tile with Combat Scene

Star Tile with Combat Scene

Iranian Artist
2nd half 13th century (Ilkhanid)
48.1288
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Star Tile with Wrestlers

Iranian Artist
2nd half 13th century (Ilkhanid)
48.1283
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Candlestick Base

Egyptian Artist
ca. 1290 (Mamluk; Bahri)
54.459
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Image for Bowl Fragment with the Descent from the Cross

Bowl Fragment with the Descent from the Cross

Egyptian Artist
2nd half 13th century (Medieval)
48.2734
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Plate with Deer Against Foliated Background

Islamic Artist
2nd half 13th century
48.1256
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Image for Lusterware Star-Shaped Tile

Lusterware Star-Shaped Tile

Iranian Artist
1262 (Medieval)
48.1292
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Lusterware Cross-Shaped Tile

Iranian Artist
1262 (Medieval)
48.1290
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