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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 Drum of a Candlestick

Drum of a Candlestick

Syrian (?) Artist
late 13th-early 14th century (Mamluk)
54.522
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Twelve-sided Box

Persian Artist
late 13th-early 14th century
54.524
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Tile with Figures and Animals

Iranian Artist
late 13th century (Medieval)
48.1296
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Image for "Mihrab" Plaque

"Mihrab" Plaque

Iranian Artist
1276-1277 (Medieval)
48.1310
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Pen Box with Inkwell

Iranian Artist
ca. 1300 (Medieval)
54.509
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Fragment of a Pouch

Egyptian Artist
early 14th century
73.109
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Jug

Egyptian Artist
14th century
48.1152
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Iranian Artist
8th century AH/AD 14th
W.558
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Qur'an

Iranian Artist
8th century AH/AD 14th century
W.560
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Bowl

Iranian Artist
14th century (Medieval)
54.455
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Round Box

Persian Artist
14th century
54.516
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Bowl

Egyptian (?) Metalworker
14th century (Medieval)
54.513
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Drum-Shaped Candlestick

Hasan-al Hindi Repairer
Body: 14th century; Replacement Neck: 1745-1746 (Medieval)
54.458
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Vase

Egyptian Artist
14th century (Mamluk)
54.521
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Sampler

Egyptian Artist
14th-15th century (Mamluk)
83.603
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

723 AH/AD 1323
W.559
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Image for Four Leaves from a Shahnama

Four Leaves from a Shahnama

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Image for Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

Amplified Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

767 AH/AD 1366
W.581
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Egyptian Artist
4th quarter 8th century AH/AD 14th century (Mamluk)
W.561
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The Orchard (Bustan)

9th century AH/AD 15th century (Safavid)
W.620
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Plate with a View of a Religious Interior

Syrian Artist
15th century (late Medieval)
48.1086
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Basin

Spanish Artist
early-mid 15th century (late Medieval)
48.1013
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Incense Burner or Hand Warmer

Zain Ad-din Artist
15th-16th century (late Medieval)
54.2236
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Qur'an

Iranian (?) Artist
9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.562
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Indian Artist
15th century (Timurid)
W.563
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Leaf from Qur'an

Indian Artist
9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.563.40B
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One Hundred Sayings

9th century AH/AD 15th century
W.615
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Plate

ca. 1425-1475
48.2111
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Plate

Spanish Artist
1416-1458 (late Medieval)
48.1134
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Plate with a Castle

Spanish Artist
ca. 1450-1465 (late Medieval)
48.1300
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Six Leaves from Majma` al-tavarikh by Hafiz Abru

early 9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.676
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Turban Helmet

Turkish (?) Metalworker
2nd half 15th century (late Medieval)
51.70
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