Islamic Art

The prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam, was born in Mecca around 570 a. D. His message reached large masses of people and extended through the Arabic peninsula and central Asia. After Mohammed’s death in 632 a. D., his successors aimed to continue the religion’s and territory’s expansion.

Islamic art is aniconic, it does not represent living beings that have a soul, therefore we will not find, generally, representations of animals or people, even if vegetation because for Muslims the plants have no soul.

Islamic jar. Glass. 800-1100 a. D.

Pitcher decorated with bird. Glazed pottery. 1100-1200 a. D.

Islamic dumbbells. Bronze. 6th-8th century a. D.

Triple nozzle oil lamp. Glazed terracotta. 1000 a. D.