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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 Miniature Sword

Miniature Sword

Turkish Artist
late 18th-19th century (Ottoman)
51.81
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Image for Covered Box with Handle

Covered Box with Handle

Indian Artist
17th century (Early Modern)
42.297
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Image for Miniature Sword ("Kilij")

Miniature Sword ("Kilij")

Turkish Artist
late 18th-19th century (Ottoman)
51.79
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Image for Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shahriyar

Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shahriyar

Indian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.697
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Turkish Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century
W.570
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Image for Collection of Prayers for the Prophet Muhammad

Collection of Prayers for the Prophet Muhammad

11th century AH/AD 17th century (Ottoman)
W.583
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Iranian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.569
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Image for Commentary on Select Verses of the Qur'an

Commentary on Select Verses of the Qur'an

11th century AH/AD 17th century (Ottoman)
W.667
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Image for Two Leaves Depicting the Prophet Muhammad, Ali, and His Sons Hasan and Husayn

Two Leaves Depicting the Prophet Muhammad, Ali, and His Sons Hasan and Husayn

Turkish Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Ottoman)
W.679
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Image for Single Leaf of a Falconer on Horseback

Single Leaf of a Falconer on Horseback

Turkish Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Ottoman)
W.707
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Image for Combination Lock

Combination Lock

Persian Artist
17th century (Safavid)
54.508
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Image for Album of Persian and Indian Miniatures, Calligraphy, and European Engravings

Album of Persian and Indian Miniatures, Calligraphy, and European Engravings

11th century AH/AD 17th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Mughal; Safavid; Qajar; Zand; Deccan)
W.771
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Image for Single Leaf of an Elephant Attacking a Horse and Rider

Single Leaf of an Elephant Attacking a Horse and Rider

Thakur Das Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.704
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Image for Single Leaf of Youths Before a Ruler at his Court

Single Leaf of Youths Before a Ruler at his Court

Iranian Artist
early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.688
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Image for Single Leaf of a Seated Man

Single Leaf of a Seated Man

Iranian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.745
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Image for Single Leaf of a Charging Elephant

Single Leaf of a Charging Elephant

Indian Artist
early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.694
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Image for Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Jahan

Single Leaf of a Portrait of Shah Jahan

Indian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal; Safavid)
W.703
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Image for Five Poems (Quintet)

Five Poems (Quintet)

11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.612
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Image for Qur'an

Qur'an

Persian (?) Artist
17th-18th century
W.571
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Image for Single Leaf of a Man on a Donkey

Single Leaf of a Man on a Donkey

Iranian Artist
early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.681
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Image for Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

11th century AH/AD 17th century-12th century AH/AD 18th century
W.582
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Image for Collection of Poems (Divan)

Collection of Poems (Divan)

1st half 11th century AH/AD 17th century
W.638
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Image for Single Leaf of the Virgin and Child

Single Leaf of the Virgin and Child

Indian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.699
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Image for Leaf from Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

Leaf from Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

11th century AH/AD 17th century-12th century AH/AD 18th century
W.582.12B
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Image for Leaf from Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

Leaf from Poem in Honor of the Prophet Muhammad

11th century AH/AD 17th century-12th century AH/AD 18th century
W.582.13A
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Image for Lady with a Fan

Lady with a Fan

11th century AH/AD 17th century
W.689
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Image for Single Leaf of Two Young Men Riding a White Elephant

Single Leaf of Two Young Men Riding a White Elephant

Indian Artist
early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.693
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Image for Single Leaf of a Monkey Riding a Goat and Three Sheep

Single Leaf of a Monkey Riding a Goat and Three Sheep

early 11th century AH/AD 17th century (Safavid)
W.687
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Image for Prayer Book

Prayer Book

11th century AH/AD 17th century (Ottoman)
W.578
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Image for Album of Persian Calligraphy

Album of Persian Calligraphy

Iranian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century
W.673
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Image for Single Leaf of a Portuguese Guard Holding a Double-pointed Lance

Single Leaf of a Portuguese Guard Holding a Double-pointed Lance

Indian Artist
11th century AH/AD 17th century (Mughal)
W.794
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Image for Book of Kings (Shahnama)

Book of Kings (Shahnama)

11th century AH/AD 17th century-13th century AH/AD 19th century (Qajar-Safavid)
W.603
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