The later period

The Blue Mosque, the Ardabil Carpet, and the Taj Mahal all date to this important period.

c. 1517 - 1924 C.E.

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Wine bearers in landscape, a Safavid textile
Wine bearers in landscape, a Safavid textile

Safavid nobles wrapped themselves in poetries of love, wine, and youth

Riza-yi ‘Abbasi, portrait of a young page reading
Riza-yi ‘Abbasi, portrait of a young page reading

The anonymous figure depicted in this painting embodies the fashion of Isfahan, Iran’s capital city under the rule of Shah 'Abbas I

Mir Afzal of Tun, a reclining woman and her lapdog
Mir Afzal of Tun, a reclining woman and her lapdog

The single page format of this painting shows the trend among seventeenth-century art patrons to collect particularly fine examples of drawing, painting or calligraphy on single pages

Riza-yi ʿAbbasi, Seated calligrapher
Riza-yi ʿAbbasi, Seated calligrapher

Riza-yi ʿAbbasi is famous for his drawings of individual or paired figures on single pages

The Safavids, an introduction
The Safavids, an introduction

Brilliantly painted manuscripts. Exquisitely detailed miniatures. Fine silks. Complex, ornate palaces. The art of the Safavids is simply magnificent.

<em>The Court of Gayumars</em>
The Court of Gayumars

Producing this lush miniature involved many Persian artists—and likely some familiarity with Chinese sources.

Arts of the Islamic world: The later period
Arts of the Islamic world: The later period

The Islamic world extended from Spain to Indonesia, where Ottomans, Timurids, Safavids, and Mughals ruled.

Hagia Sophia as a mosque
Hagia Sophia as a mosque

After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, the sultan repurposed this church, adding slender “pencil” minarets.

Illustration from the <em>Akbarnama</em>
Illustration from the Akbarnama

Under Akbar the Great, the Mughal style of painting blended Indian, Persian, and Western artistic traditions.

<em>Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent</em> from Istanbul
Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent from Istanbul

The official seal of the sultan dissolves into a vibrating field of flowers, gold accents, and snaking blue lines.

Coins of faith and power at the British Museum
Coins of faith and power at the British Museum

These tiny pieces of precious metal contain a wealth of information in their Persian and Arabic inscriptions.

Qa’a (The Damascus room)
Qa’a (The Damascus room)

The sound of the fountain led guests into this 18th-century house, where a vibrant interior stimulated ear and eye.

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