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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 Five Poems (Quintet)

Five Poems (Quintet)

Manuscript: 971 AH/AD 1563; Some Miniatures: 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Safavid; Qajar)
W.608
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Ewer Basin with Large Leaves on Rim

ca. 1575-1625
48.1133
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Image for History of Nigaristan

History of Nigaristan

5 Shawwal 976 AH/AD 1569 (Safavid)
W.598
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Image for Poem (Masnavi)

Poem (Masnavi)

978 AH/AD 1570-1571 (Safavid)
W.656
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Image for Two Works of Sa`di: The Rose Garden (Gulistan) and The Orchard (Bustan)

Two Works of Sa`di: The Rose Garden (Gulistan) and The Orchard (Bustan)

980 AH/AD 1572 (Safavid)
W.619
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Image for Single Leaf of Elephants on a River Bank

Single Leaf of Elephants on a River Bank

Indian Artist
late 10th century AH/AD 16th-early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.685
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Image for Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings

Album of Persian and Indian Calligraphy and Paintings

late 10th century AH/AD 16th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar)
W.668
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Image for Single Leaf of a Battle Scene from the Baburnamah

Single Leaf of a Battle Scene from the Baburnamah

Indian Artist
Folio: late 10th century AH/AD 16th century; Borders: 13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal)
W.683
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Image for Single Leaf of an Elephant with Mahout Attacking Four Men

Single Leaf of an Elephant with Mahout Attacking Four Men

late 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Mughal)
W.702
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Dish

Turkish Ceramicist
ca. 1590-1600 (Ottoman)
48.1007
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Tankard

Turkish Ceramicist
ca. 1590-1600 (Ottoman)
48.1190
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Image for Two Works on Precious Stones

Two Works on Precious Stones

989 AH/AD 1581 (Ottoman)
W.589
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Image for Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Abbas I

Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Abbas I

Indian Artist
Painting: 18th century; Calligraphy: 1582-1583 (Safavid)
W.713
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Image for Large Plate with Concentric Bands

Large Plate with Concentric Bands

ca. 1600-1650
48.1214
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Image for Poems (tarji'band)

Poems (tarji'band)

998 AH/AD 1589-1590 (Safavid, Qajar)
W.651
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Youth with a Falcon

Iranian Artist
late 10th century AH/AD 16th century-early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.682
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Image for The Tale of the Man in the Well from the 'Iyar-i Danish (Touchstone of Wisdom) of Abu al-Fazl

The Tale of the Man in the Well from the 'Iyar-i Danish (Touchstone of Wisdom) of Abu al-Fazl

late 10th century AH/AD late 16th century (Mughal)
W.692
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Image for Single Leaf of Plowing and Selling Produce

Single Leaf of Plowing and Selling Produce

late 10th century AH/AD 16th century-early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.749
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Three Short Sufi Works

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Image for Five Poems (Quintet)

Five Poems (Quintet)

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Image for Two Folios from the Akbarnama

Two Folios from the Akbarnama

late 10th century AH/AD 16th century (Mughal)
W.684
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Image for Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusraw Dihlavi

Khamsa (Quintet) of Amir Khusraw Dihlavi

1597-1598 (Mughal)
W.624
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Helmet with Nose Guard and Chain Mail

Iranian Artist
17th-18th century (Early Modern)
51.67
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Image for Vase with a Chinese Lion and a Bearded Man

Vase with a Chinese Lion and a Bearded Man

Iranian Artist
17th century (Early Modern)
48.1105
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Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca

Turkish Artist
17th century (Ottoman)
48.1307
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Sash with Small Male Figures

Iranian Artist
17th-18th century
83.14
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Image for Corner Fragment of a Polonaise Carpet

Corner Fragment of a Polonaise Carpet

Iranian Artist
1st half 17th century (Safavid)
81.39
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Single Leaf of the Virgin and Child

Indian Artist
1600-1625 (Mughal)
W.903
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Bottle

Iranian Artist
early 17th century (Safavid)
48.1120
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Fragmentary Ottoman Cenotaph Cover with Qur'anic Verses

Islamic Artist
17th-18th century (Ottoman)
83.7
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Miniature Sword (Shamshir)

Turkish Artist
late 18th-19th century (Ottoman)
51.80
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