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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 Leaf from Five Poems (Quintet)

Leaf from Five Poems (Quintet)

923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518
W.608.320B
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Leaf from Five Poems (Quintet)

923-924 AH/AD 1517-1518
W.608.333B
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Collected Works (Kulliyat)

926 AH/AD 1520
W.616
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Iznik "Golden Horn" Plate

Turkish Artist
1520-1535 (Early Modern)
48.2281
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Dagger Handle

Turkish Artist
mid 16th century (Early Modern)
71.571
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Jug with Carnations

Turkish Artist
mid-16th century (Early Modern)
48.1189
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Plate with Tulips

Turkish Artist
2nd quarter 16th century (Early Modern)
48.2057
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Collected Works (Kulliyat)

934 AH/AD 1527 (Safavid)
W.617
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Five Poems (Quintet)

934-935 AH/AD 1528-1529 (Safavid)
W.607
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Five Poems (Quintet)

935 AH/AD 1529 (Safavid)
W.622
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Prayer Book

941 AH/AD 1534
W.579
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Collection of Poems (divan)

946 AH/AD 1539 (Safavid)
W.631
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Ewer Basin with Interlacing Ribbons

ca. 1560-1600
48.1203
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Drinking Bowl

Bulgarian Artist
ca. 1560-1580 (Early Modern)
57.626
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Tankard

Turkish Ceramicist
ca. 1560-1580 (Ottoman)
48.1151
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Single Leaf of a Man Spinning Cotton

Iranian Artist
mid 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.746
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Iznik Plate with Depiction of a Ewer

Turkish Artist
late 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1227
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Tile

Turkish Artist
late 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1309
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Mosque Lamp

Turkish Artist
late 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1301
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Iznik Plate

Turkish Artist
mid-late 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1109
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Tile Panels with Verses from the Qur'an

Turkish Artist
2nd half 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1379
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Image for Single Leaf of a Mounted Figure Attacked by a Lion

Single Leaf of a Mounted Figure Attacked by a Lion

Iranian Artist
mid 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Safavid)
W.747
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Tankard

Turkish Artist
late 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1187
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Tile

Turkish Artist
late 16th century (Early Modern)
48.1312
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Sword ("Tulwar)")

Muhammad Baqir Metalworker
Blade: 1551-1552; Hilt: 1761 (Early Modern)
51.9
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Mausoleum Doors

1551-1552 (early Safavid)
61.297
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Collection of Poems (divan)

958 AH/AD 1552 (Safavid)
W.629
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Poem (masnavi)

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Gloss on Commentary on the Qur'an

966 AH/AD 1558 (Ottoman)
W.584
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Dish

Turkish Ceramicist
ca. 1570-1575 (Ottoman)
48.1185
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Collection of Poems (divan)

966 AH/AD 1559 (Safavid)
W.630
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Commentary on an Abridgment of the Canon of Medicine

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