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Nasrid curtain

Type: curtain, textile

Materials/Techniques: silk lampas weave with areas of compound tabby; two side panels with a narrow central panel

Dimensions: 14.5 x 9 ft 

Creator/Culture: Islamic, Spanish

Date/Period: 15th century/Nasrid

Style Period: Nasrid

Place of Origin: Granada, Spain

Inscription: the Nasrid motto, Lā ghālib illā Allah, there is no victor but God

Repository: The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH


Jug with dragon handle (for Ulugh-Beg ibn Shahrukh)

Type: jug, vessel

Materials/Techniques: carved white jade (nephrite)

Dimensions: H. 5.71 in.

Patron/Culture: Ulugh-Beg ibn Shahrukh/Islamic

Date/Period: 1420-50/Timurid

Style Period: Timurid

Place of Origin: Herat or Samarqand (modern Afghanistan or Uzbekistan)

Repository: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal


Silk animal carpet

Type: carpet, textile

Materials/Techniques: Silk warp, assymetrically knotted weft and pile (800 knots per inch)

Dimensions: L. 94 7/8 in.; W. 70 1/16 in.; weight 206 lbs.

Patron/Culture: Islamic

Date/Period: second half 16th century/Safavid

Style Period: Safavid

Place of Origin: Kashan, Iran

Repository: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


Top of processional standard (alam)

Type: standard, processional

Materials/Techniques: Pierced steel, molded iron

Dimensions: 32.25 x 12.8 in.

Patron/Culture: Islamic

Date/Period: 16th century/likely Safavid

Style Period: likely Safavid

Place of Origin: Iran or India

Repository: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada


Iznik mosque lamp

Type: lamp, lighting device

Materials/Techniques: Polychrome glazed pottery, fritware (imitation of Kashan fritware)

Dimensions: H. 38 cm; Diam. 22.8 cm; Diam. at foot 15 cm

Patron/Culture: Made for the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem/Islamic

Date/Period: 1549/Ottoman

Style Period: Ottoman

Place of Origin: Iznik, Turkey

Repository: British Museum, London, UK


Purple-ground silk kaftan

Type: garment, textile

Materials/Techniques: Silk brocade (kemha)

Owner/Culture: Originally belonged to Prince Bayezid/Islamic

Date/Period: ca. 1555/Ottoman

Style: Saz

Place of Origin: Turkey

Repository: Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey


Jeweled dagger with horsehead pommel

Type: dagger, weapon

Materials/Techniques: Blade: Damascus steel inlaid with gold; hilt: jade with carved decoration, inlaid with gold and semi-precious stones

Dimensions: L. 50.5 cm

Culture: Islamic

Date/Period: 17th century/Mughal

Style: Mughal

Place of Origin: India

Repository: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France


Zebra painting

Type: album painting

Materials/Techniques: painted in opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Dimensions: Unmounted: H. 18.3 cm, W. 24 cm

Creator/Culture: Made by Mansur for Jahangir or his son, Shah Jahan/Islamic

Date/Period: ca. 1620-21/Mughal

Style: Mughal/secular

Place of Origin: India

Description: Illustrates the zebra gifted by Mir Ja’far to Jahangir, brought from Africa to India by Turks. Jahangir later sent this zebra to Shah Abbas of Iran.

Inscription: “a zebra which the Turks in the company of Mir Ja'far had brought from Abyssinia in the year 1030 [1620-21] and the Wonder of the Age, Ustad Mansur, has drawn it.”

Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK


Taj Mahal, Tomb entrance portal (detail)

Type: architectural element, cenotaph

Materials/Techniques: Pietra dura technique, including ruby, lapis lazuli, agate, pearl and more, inlaid into white Makrana marble from Rajasthan, on top of red sandstone masonry

Dedication/Culture: built by Shah Jahan in memory of Mumtaz Mahal/Islamic

Date/Period: 1632-48/Mughal

Style: Mughal

Site Location: Agra, India


Portrait of William Fullerton of Rosemont

Type: painting

Materials/Techniques: Opaque watercolor on paper

Arist: Dip Chand

Culture: Islamic

Date/Period: 1760-63/Mughal

Style: Mughal

Place of Origin: Murshidabad, India

Description: The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one probably depicts William Fullerton of Rosemount, who joined the East India Company's service in 1744

Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK