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14th Century

Qur’anic Manuscripts (8th to 18th Century)

Visit ‘Smithsonian Collection of Quranic Manuscripts‘ for images and description of the photographs presented in the slideshow.    Note: Because of restrictions on Youtube in various countries, the above video may not be visible to…

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Earthenware, Ceramics and Tiles at the Smithsonian Museum

A collection of Earthenware (stone paste, clay, glazed), Ceramics and Tiles at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art. Bowl | Origin: Iran | Period: 10th century Samanid period…

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Smithsonian Metalwork Collection

A collection of metalwork (including Iranian, Egyptian and Syrian objects from the 13th century). The Alhambra Vase | Origin: Spain | Period: late 14th-early 15th century Nasrid period | Details: Mariano Fortuny, the…

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Smithsonian collection of Qur’anic manuscripts

A collection of 9th–19th-century Korans (intact volumes and detached folios) from Iran, the Arab world, and Turkey at the Freer and Sackler galleries of Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art. Folio from a Koran…

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Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 A.D.- East

  This calligraphic panel is executed in black (Indian) naskh on a pink paper decorated with gold cloud motifs and pasted to a light blue backing. The poem wishes a ruler (nicknamed the…

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Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 – West

Calligraphy from the Ottoman empire and other places in the western Muslim world. This single panel praises Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law ‘Ali and his famous double-edged sword Dhu al-Fiqar. This calligraphic sheet states that…

Islamic Calligraphy – 1250 to 1450 A.D.

  Written in a bold muhaqqaq script with the word Allah in gold, this page is from chapter three of the Koran (the House of Imran), verses 79 and 80. The passage stresses…

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