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

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Islamic poly-chrome porcelain vase, Timurid Empire 1370-1507, with Islamic script
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Islamic poly-chrome porcelain vase, Timurid Empire 1370-1507, with Islamic script
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$8001 Bid
A Chinese Canton export porcelain dish for the Islamic market, late 19th ce
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A Chinese Canton export porcelain dish for the Islamic market, late 19th ce
by Roseberys
Est: £200- £300
£1401 Bid
Islamic Bronze & Silver Inlay Jewellery Box
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
Islamic Bronze & Silver Inlay Jewellery Box
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2001 Bid
AN EARLY ISLAMIC QURAN, together an Ottoman handwritten prayer book.
Oct 20, 10:30 AM BST
AN EARLY ISLAMIC QURAN, together an Ottoman handwritten prayer book.
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £300- £500
£2601 Bid
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AN EARLY ISLAMIC GLAZED CERAMIC VASE EGYPT, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
AN EARLY ISLAMIC GLAZED CERAMIC VASE EGYPT, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD2,000- AUD3,000
AUD1,8001 Bid
Islamic Painting
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Islamic Painting
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Three silver gilt buckle elements, Iran or Islamic Spain, 14th century, eac
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
Three silver gilt buckle elements, Iran or Islamic Spain, 14th century, eac
by Roseberys
Est: £300- £500
£1200 Bids
Islamic Iridescent Glass Unguentarium
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Islamic Iridescent Glass Unguentarium
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
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Genuine Islamic bronze mirror circa 900-1100 AD,
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Genuine Islamic bronze mirror circa 900-1100 AD,
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $600- $2,000
$1000 Bids
An early Islamic metalwork oil lamp, 8th-10th century, the vessel of deep f
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
An early Islamic metalwork oil lamp, 8th-10th century, the vessel of deep f
by Roseberys
Est: £80- £120
£300 Bids
THE PRIVATE LIBRARY OF AN ISLAMIC SCHOLAR The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, England, circa 1984
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
THE PRIVATE LIBRARY OF AN ISLAMIC SCHOLAR The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, England, circa 1984
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £150- £200
£100 Bids
13th century Ghaznavid challis, Islamic period
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
13th century Ghaznavid challis, Islamic period
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
A pair of Middle Eastern Islamic steel and brass calligraphy scissors
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
A pair of Middle Eastern Islamic steel and brass calligraphy scissors
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
19th Century Islamic Bronze Silver & Copper Inlay Bowl With Calligraphic Inscriptions
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
19th Century Islamic Bronze Silver & Copper Inlay Bowl With Calligraphic Inscriptions
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
20th Century Islamic Golden Lion Of Ali Framed & Signed Written On Almond Folio
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
20th Century Islamic Golden Lion Of Ali Framed & Signed Written On Almond Folio
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
19th Century Islamic Gold Leaf With Inscriptions From Quran
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
19th Century Islamic Gold Leaf With Inscriptions From Quran
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
Ghaznavid Bronze Islamic 12th Century Box With Lion & Calligraphic Inscriptions
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
Ghaznavid Bronze Islamic 12th Century Box With Lion & Calligraphic Inscriptions
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £500- £700
£5000 Bids
19th Century Islamic Astrolabe Decorative Piece
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
19th Century Islamic Astrolabe Decorative Piece
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
19th Century Islamic Silver Inlaid Brass Basin Embossed With Lion & Animals
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
19th Century Islamic Silver Inlaid Brass Basin Embossed With Lion & Animals
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
Islamic Brass Water Jug
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
Islamic Brass Water Jug
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
17th Century Safavid Islamic Painting With Calligraphic Inscriptions From Sahneme
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
17th Century Safavid Islamic Painting With Calligraphic Inscriptions From Sahneme
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
Rare Islamic Bronze Aquamanile Figure With Calligraphic Inscriptions
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
Rare Islamic Bronze Aquamanile Figure With Calligraphic Inscriptions
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
AN ISLAMIC PAINTING OF THE KAABA
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
AN ISLAMIC PAINTING OF THE KAABA
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
Framed Islamic Calligraphy Quote With Decorated Bored
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
Framed Islamic Calligraphy Quote With Decorated Bored
by Plakas Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Islamic Religious Objects


Plakas Auctions

Plakas Auctions

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer

John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer

Eternity Gallery

Eternity Gallery

Roseberys

Roseberys