Preparing for Prayer
What Is Islamic Art?
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Image: Filippo Barolini (Italian, 1861–1908). Preparing for Prayer, c. 1875. Watercolor on paper.
Prayer Carpet (Iran)
Faith and Prayer
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Image: Prayer Carpet, late 19th century. Tabriz, Iran. Silk.
The Pursuit of Science
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Image: Astrolabe, 1717–1718. Iran. Brass
Tap the image to find out about the influences of Chinese ceramics and the Mongol Empire on this decorative plate from Iran.
Image: Charger, first half of 18th century. Iran. Underglaze-painted fritware.
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Lusterware and Mathematics
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Image: Star-shaped Tile, 14th century. Iran. Underglaze-painted fritware.
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Tap the image to learn about the history of water pipes and the gender stereotypes that surround it.
Image: Huqqa Base, 19th century. Iran, Qajar period. Copper and painted enamel.
Djinns and Divs
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Image: Covered Vessel, c. 1860. Iran, Qajar period. Brass.
Rustam Fights the Son of the White Div who Guarded Bizhan by Ferdowsi
Prayer Carpet (Southern Transcaucasia)
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Image: Prayer Carpet, late 19th century. Southern Transcaucasia. Wool.