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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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Turban Helmet

Turkish (?) Artist
mid 15th-16th century (Early Modern)
51.69
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Image for Turban Helmet with Neck Guard of Mail and Nose Guard

Turban Helmet with Neck Guard of Mail and Nose Guard

Turkish (?) Artist
mid 15th-16th century (Ottoman)
51.74
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Plaque

Egyptian Artist
ca. 1470 (late Medieval)
71.561
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Collection of Poems (masnavi)

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Image for Helmet with Fluting and Flat turned-in Rim

Helmet with Fluting and Flat turned-in Rim

Islamic Artist
1475-1550 (Ottoman)
51.4
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Salver (Tray)

late 15th century (Late Medieval)
54.527
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Jug

Iranian Artist
late 15th century (late Medieval)
54.2334
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Mihr and Mushtari

881 AH/AD 1476
W.627
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Image for Single Leaf from Mantiq al-tayr by Farid al-din `Atta

Single Leaf from Mantiq al-tayr by Farid al-din `Atta

late 9th century AH/AD 15th century (Timurid)
W.678
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Plate with Inscriptions and Cloud Motifs

Iranian Artist
1480-1481 (Timurid)
48.1031
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Five Poems (Quintet)

885-886 AH/AD 1481 (Timurid)
W.604
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Compendium of Medicine

22 Rabi' II 889 AH/AD 1484
W.595
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Epic of Alexander the Great

891 AH/AD 1486 (Ottoman)
W.664
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Image for Five Poems (Quintet)

Five Poems (Quintet)

892 AH/AD 1486-900 AH/AD 1494-1495 (Safavid)
W.605
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Ewer Basin with Inscription

ca. 1500-1550
48.1024
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Selection of Poems

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Plate

ca. 1525-1550
48.1099
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Plate with Two Leaves with Scale Pattern

Islamic Artist
16th-17th century
48.1029
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Body Armor

Turkish Artist
16th century (Early Modern)
51.419
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Image for Helmet with Floral Patterns and Arabesques

Helmet with Floral Patterns and Arabesques

Turkish Artist
16th century (Early Modern)
51.1
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"Turban" Helmet

Turkish Artist
16th century
51.72
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Large Platter with Convex Rim

Iranian (?) Artist
16th century (Early Modern)
54.528
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Image for Turban Helmet with Neck Guard of Mail and Nose Guard

Turban Helmet with Neck Guard of Mail and Nose Guard

Iranian (?) Artist
16th century (early Safavid)
51.75
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Plaque from the Tomb of Shah Isma'il

Iranian Artist
1st quarter 16th century (Early Modern)
71.580
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Helmet with Incised Arcade Design

Islamic Artist
16th-17th century
51.2
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Cuirass (Breastplate and Backplate)

Turkish Artist
1500-1575
51.420
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Lamp Ornament

Turkish Artist
early 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1022
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Prayer Rug with Floral and Ornamental Designs

Turkish Artist
16th century (Early Modern)
81.4
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Medallion Carpet

Iranian Artist
16th century
81.7
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Album of Calligraphy

10th century AH/16th century AD-12th century AH/18th century AD (Ottoman)
W.672
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Vase with Leaf Pattern

Spanish Artist
16th century (late Medieval)
48.1145
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Two Works on Islamic Beliefs and Practices

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Ottoman)
W.665
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