The Metropolitan Museum's collection of Islamic art, which ranges in date from the seventh to the nineteenth century, reflects the great diversity and range of Islamic art. Nearly 12,000 objects have been brought together at the Metropolitan from as far westward as Spain and Morocco and as far eastward as Central Asia and India. They include objects originally intended for decoration of a mosque or for use during worship, as well as domestic and luxury objects. They reveal the mutual influence of artistic practice in the sacred and secular realms and represent the traditions of calligraphy, vegetal ornament (the arabesque), and geometric patterning.
Above: Frieze tile with phoenix, ca. 1270s; Iran (probably Takht-i Sulayman); Rogers Fund, 1912 (12.49.4)