Islamic Art

Fourth floor of the Nancy Negley West Tower

The Museum's collection of Islamic art represents the artistic achievements of north Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia in the centuries following their conquest by Arab Muslims in the seventh century. Focusing on material from Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Central Asia, the collection represents the rich tradition in the visual arts of these countries from the medieval period to the present day. The collection was largely formed through gifts from Frederick and Frances Wilkins, Lenora and Walter F. Brown, and Margaret Cullen Marshall, with the addition of glass from the Stark-Willson collection.

Highlights of the collection include such early works as a ninth or tenth century Qur'an page written in Kufic script and an elegant pierced perfume sprinkler fashioned of violet glass with flowing white patterns. The collection also includes representative examples of Islamic ceramics ranging from unglazed water jars from medieval Iran to the colorful Iznik dishes produced in Ottoman Turkey.

 

 

Page from a Qur’an

Near East or North Africa, 9th–10th century

Page from a Qur’anNear East or North Africa, 9th–10th centuryInk, opaque pigment, and gold on parchmenth. 4 3/4 in. (12.0...

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Bowl with Kufic Inscription

Iranian, probably from Nishapur, 10th Century

Bowl with Kufic InscriptionIranian, probably from Nishapur, 10th centuryEarthenware with white and black slipsh. 3 1/2 in. (8.7 cm); diam....

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Omom (Perfume Sprinkler)

Probably Syrian,12th-13th century

Omom (Perfume Sprinkler)Probably Syrian, 12th-13th centuryEnameled and gilded glassh. 6 3/4 in. (17 cm); max. diam. 4 1/4 in. (10.8...

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Qumqum (Sprinkler)

Egypt or Syria, 12th–13th century

Qumqum (Sprinkler)Egypt or Syria, 12th–13th centuryGlassh. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm); diam. 2 1/4 in. (5.8 cm)Museum Purchase: Stark-Willson Collection,...

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Flask

Iran, 13th century

FlaskIran, 13th centuryEarthenwareh. 10 1/2 in. (26.6 cm); w. 8 3/4 in. (22.1 cm); d. 6 1/4 in. (16.0 cm)Gift...

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Pierced Bowl

Iran, 13th century

Pierced BowlIran, 13th centuryFritware with transparent glazeh. 4 in. (10.1 cm); diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.1 cm)Gift of Frances and...

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Jug

Iran, 13th century

JugIran, 13th centuryFritware with luster over opaque glazeh. 7 1/4 in. (18.7 cm); diam. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)Gift of...

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Bowl

Iran, 14th century

BowlIran, 14th centuryBrass with gold and silver inlayh. 5 in. (12.5 cm); diam. 11 1/4 in. (28.2 cm)Gift of Lenora...

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Dish with a Landscape Scene

Central Asia, Timurid period, circa 1500

Dish with a Landscape SceneCentral Asia, Timurid period, circa 1500Fritware with blue underglazeh. 2 in. (5 cm); diam. 13 1/4...

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Plate

Turkey, 16th century

PlateTurkey, 16th centuryFritware with underglaze paintingh. 2 1/4 in. (5.8 cm); diam. 11 3/4 in. (30.0 cm)Gift of Frances and...

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