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Islamic Religious Objects

Islamic religious objects are works of art made by or for Muslims or for use in religious settings, such as mosques or prayer rooms. Since Islam originated during the 7th century A.D., all Islamic art was produced after this time, and though there is incredible variety among Islamic religious objects, some characterizing features unite this category of works.

Calligraphy is an important stylistic element of many Islamic religious objects, and many mirrors, vessels, and textiles are decorated with text that either frames or encircles other motifs on the object. Calligraphy found on Islamic religious objects is typically drawn from the Quran, the key religious text for Muslims. Floral and geometric designs are also frequently included on Islamic religious objects and interwoven with calligraphic script.

In Medieval Europe, Islamic metalwork was admired for its densely-decorated surfaces and collected by royalty and the nobility. Islamic artists used a variety of techniques to execute their works, including engraving the objects with burins and inlaying gold, silver, copper, and black niello onto the metal’s surface. Islamic vessels, intended for secular and religious eating and drinking, were used by Muslim and non-Muslim owners alike. Additionally, Islamic tiles, furniture, ivory, carved gemstones, and texts have been important collectibles for admirers of Islamic religious objects. Today, collectors continue to appreciate the graceful skill required to produce these priceless works of art.


Quick Facts

  • On October 8, 2015, Christie’s London sold a spherical astrolabe signed by Muhammad Bin Sulayman Al-Maghribi for $1,105,425
  • Also sold at Christie’s London on October 8, 2015 was a late 18th-century Quran signed by Mahmud Celaleddin for $995,265
  • Calligraphy found on Islamic religious objects often bestows blessings upon the intended owner of the piece

Recommended Items at Auction

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Islamic Style Ink Painting On Silk XL
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Islamic Style Ink Painting On Silk XL
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $250
$704 Bids
TWO ENGRAVED SELJUK BRONZE BOWLS, 12TH CENTURY
Oct 03, 1:00 PM BST
TWO ENGRAVED SELJUK BRONZE BOWLS, 12TH CENTURY
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £800- £1,200
£6502 Bids
AN ISLAMIC STEEL AXE HEAD, with silver inlaid calligraphy, 21cm at the widest point.
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
AN ISLAMIC STEEL AXE HEAD, with silver inlaid calligraphy, 21cm at the widest point.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £300- £400
£2601 Bid
A set six of Islamic Wall Tiles, 12th century or later
Oct 18, 12:00 PM EDT
A set six of Islamic Wall Tiles, 12th century or later
by Sands of Time Ancient Art
Est: $1,600- $2,400
$8001 Bid
A VERY LARGE ISLAMIC EMBROIDERED WIRE TEXTILE, with central arched motif with calligraphy and further panels a
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
A VERY LARGE ISLAMIC EMBROIDERED WIRE TEXTILE, with central arched motif with calligraphy and further panels a
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £800- £1,200
£7001 Bid
AN UZBEK COVERED GILT EWER, UZBEKISTAN/BUKHARA, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Oct 03, 1:00 PM BST
AN UZBEK COVERED GILT EWER, UZBEKISTAN/BUKHARA, LATE 19TH CENTURY
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£2001 Bid
AN ISLAMIC INSCRIBED TURQUOISE STONE MIHRAB, 12cm x 8.5cm.
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
AN ISLAMIC INSCRIBED TURQUOISE STONE MIHRAB, 12cm x 8.5cm.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £200- £300
£1801 Bid
A EUROPEAN ASTROLABE 19TH/20TH CENTURY
Oct 03, 1:00 PM BST
A EUROPEAN ASTROLABE 19TH/20TH CENTURY
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£3001 Bid
ISLAMIC COPPER WATER JUG
Sep 28, 10:00 AM IST
ISLAMIC COPPER WATER JUG
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
19TH-CENTURY ISLAMIC TRUNK
Sep 28, 10:00 AM IST
19TH-CENTURY ISLAMIC TRUNK
by Sheppards
Est: €200- €300
€1200 Bids
ISLAMIC SILVER INLAID LACQUERED CARD CASE
Sep 29, 10:00 AM IST
ISLAMIC SILVER INLAID LACQUERED CARD CASE
by Sheppards
Est: €200- €300
€1200 Bids
2 EARLY ISLAMIC BRONZE VESSELS
Sep 29, 10:00 AM IST
2 EARLY ISLAMIC BRONZE VESSELS
by Sheppards
Est: €100- €150
€600 Bids
TWENTY WHITE METAL ISLAMIC SEAL RINGS. With various figurative and animal carved stone inserts (
Sep 30, 10:30 AM BST
TWENTY WHITE METAL ISLAMIC SEAL RINGS. With various figurative and animal carved stone inserts (
by Ma San Auction
Est: £100- £150
£600 Bids
An Islamic Black and Yellow Thread Glass Bead, Islamic, ca. 9th - 11th century CE
Oct 18, 12:00 PM EDT
An Islamic Black and Yellow Thread Glass Bead, Islamic, ca. 9th - 11th century CE
by Sands of Time Ancient Art
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A Large Islamic Agate Bead, ca. 10th - 15th century CE
Oct 18, 12:00 PM EDT
A Large Islamic Agate Bead, ca. 10th - 15th century CE
by Sands of Time Ancient Art
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
An Islamic Bronze Kohl Container, ca. 14th -16th century
Oct 18, 12:00 PM EDT
An Islamic Bronze Kohl Container, ca. 14th -16th century
by Sands of Time Ancient Art
Est: $600- $900
$3000 Bids
AN ISLAMIC EMBROIDERED TEXTILE, with figures and animals, (af), 85cm long.
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
AN ISLAMIC EMBROIDERED TEXTILE, with figures and animals, (af), 85cm long.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £150- £250
£1300 Bids
AN ISLAMIC BRASS TWIN HANDLE URN, with engraved decoration and panels of calligraphy, the handles formed as se
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
AN ISLAMIC BRASS TWIN HANDLE URN, with engraved decoration and panels of calligraphy, the handles formed as se
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £100- £200
£900 Bids
TWO SMALL ISLAMIC SILVER OCTAGONAL BOXES. 1.75ins.
Sep 29, 10:30 AM BST
TWO SMALL ISLAMIC SILVER OCTAGONAL BOXES. 1.75ins.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £40- £60
£350 Bids
ISLAMIC TURKISH DOUBLE ROSEWATER SPRINKLERS
Sep 29, 11:00 AM EDT
ISLAMIC TURKISH DOUBLE ROSEWATER SPRINKLERS
by Westport Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
AN EARLY ISLAMIC JET GAMING PIECE, 6.5cm.
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
AN EARLY ISLAMIC JET GAMING PIECE, 6.5cm.
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £200- £300
£1800 Bids
A Large 17th/18th Century Islamic Copper Tray decorated with engraving and enriched with gilding, 2
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
A Large 17th/18th Century Islamic Copper Tray decorated with engraving and enriched with gilding, 2
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £50- £100
£400 Bids
An Islamic Wall Mirror in a decorative marquetry frame. The rectangular bevel edged glass in a fine
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
An Islamic Wall Mirror in a decorative marquetry frame. The rectangular bevel edged glass in a fine
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£6000 Bids
A GOOD ISLAMIC QAJAR ENGRAVED AND CHASED BRONZE BOWL, the rim engraved with a band of calligraphy above scroll
Sep 28, 10:30 AM BST
A GOOD ISLAMIC QAJAR ENGRAVED AND CHASED BRONZE BOWL, the rim engraved with a band of calligraphy above scroll
by John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: £150- £250
£1300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Islamic Religious Objects


John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers

John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers

Plakas Auctions

Plakas Auctions

Sands of Time Ancient Art

Sands of Time Ancient Art

Sheppards

Sheppards