Explore artefacts made over a period of more than 1000 years in the heart of the Islamic world.
It is often thought that images of living beings are not represented in Islamic art. It is true to say that human and animal figures are not used in religious contexts, such as the decoration of religious buildings or manuscripts of the Qur'an. However, they are regularly represented in non-religious architecture and works of art.
Figures can carry symbolic messages, such as ideas of royalty and power, illustrate themes and stories, or be used as decorative patterns. While depictions in painting, on ceramics and on metalwork occur frequently, sculptured figures are rare in the Islamic lands.
Objects may have since been removed or replaced from a gallery. Click into an individual object record to confirm whether or not an object is currently on display. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis, so contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular Eastern Art object.