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Coins of Abd al-Malik

These two dinar coins sum up one of the greatest political and religious upheavals ever – the permanent transformation of the Middle East in the years following the death of the Prophet Muhammad….

Woven Tapestry Fragment, 8th century; Umayyad Period, Iran or Iraq, Wool, 12 x 18 3/4 in. (30.5 x 47.6 cm)

8th Century Woven Tapestry

This fragment of tapestry-woven cloth demonstrates the dependence of early Islamic art on traditions that predate the advent of Islam in the Middle East. Here, the influence comes from Sasanian art in Iran….

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