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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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Yusuf and Zulaykha

early 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Turkish Version of Sindbadnama

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Ottoman)
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Book of Kings (Shahnama)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.600
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Two Poetical Works: Yusuf and Zulaykha and Mihr and Mushtari

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Single Leaf from Akbarnama by Abu'l Fazl

late 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Mughal)
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Epic of Timur

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Five Poems (Quintet)

mid 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.639
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Five Poems (Quintet)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Maritime Atlas

Turkish Artist
10th century AH/AD 16th century (Ottoman)
W.660
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Album of Persian Miniatures and Calligraphy

10th century AH/AD 16th century-14th century AH/AD 20th century
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Yusuf and Zulaykha

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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The Orchard (Bustan)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Collected Works (Kulliyat)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.633
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.632
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Three Collections of Poetry

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid (?))
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Baburnama

10th century AH/AD 16th century (Mughal)
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Single Leaf of a Horseman

Basavan Artist
10th century AH/AD 16th (Mughal)
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

10th century AH/AD 16th century; Paintings: 11th century AH/AD 17th century
W.640
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Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy, Miniatures, and Prints

10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Qajar; Zand)
W.670
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The Seven Beauties (Haft paykar)

late 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
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Wonders of Creation

10th century AH/AD 16th century
W.593
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

Sha'ban 918 AH/AD 1512 (Safavid)
W.628
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Ewer Basin

ca. 1525-1575
48.2112
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Tankard

Turkish Artist
ca. 1525-1550 (Early Modern)
54.512
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Five Poems (Quintet)

922 AH/AD 1516 (Safavid)
W.609
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Five Poems (Quintet)

923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518
W.606
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Hermes Debates with 70 Greek Scholars

923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518
W.606.333B
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Colophon

923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518
W.606.368A
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