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An Illustrated Manuscript Page


The manuscript page is illustrated with a drawing in black ink that portrays two warriors standing beside a tree with many branches, upon which two birds in a back to back position

Arabesque Jar Filter

Filter of Water Jug

This beautifully decorated jar filter with entwined, stylized foliage is executed in openwork.

Black Ink Drawing of Man in a Turban


The black ink drawing on an irregular piece of paper depicts a man with detailed features in a turban and baggy trousers.

Bottle for Medical Purpose

Surgical or Medical Implement

This small bottle made of transparent glass was used for medical purposes such as urine and drug test examination.

Bottom of a Vessel with a Bird

Bottom of Vessel

This pot bottom painted under glaze has a drawing of a bird in brown color. The bird is spreading its wings.

Bowl Decorated With a Drinking Scene


This glazed faience bowl is decorated with a drinking scene, represented in the Fatimid style with a person holding a calyx.

Brass Candlestick with Three Legs


This brass candlestick is supported on three legs, surmounted by a metal disk adorned with six circles. The circles are ornamented with incised floral patterns surrounded by designs that resemble Kufic inscriptions. The legs of the candlestick are formed in the shape of human feet.

Brass Lamp in the Shape of Pigeons


A lamp in the shape of a bird that resembles pigeons has a round opening on the tail through which the oil is poured. This opening is also used for inserting the wick, which when ignited, gives light.

Candlestick of Ibn Mekky


This bronze candlestick is supported on three zoomorphic, or animal form, legs. It is decorated with arabesque, or elaborate, designs and inscriptions in foliated, or leaf-like, Kufic.

Censer with Chains


A censer that is supported on three legs. The body of the censer is decorated with figures of six human faces in high relief: the faces are those of three men and three children.

Ceramic Plate


This plate is made of ceramic. The lower part is decorated by multicolored lines. The bottom is decorated with cross form in the center by a figure of a large flower with four petals.

Clay Jar Filter

Filter of Water Jug

This clay jar filter is decorated with a composite creature performed on a perforated background.

Clay Jar Filter

Filter of Water Jug

This clay jar filter is decorated with a star formed of two intersecting triangles executed in openwork.

Clay Jar Filter with Geometrical Patterns

Filter of Water Jug

A clay jar filter with beautiful geometric patterns; in the middle of the filter there is a group of perforated triangles.

Clay Jar Opening

Filter of Water Jug

This mouth of a clay jar is containing a filter. The filter is decorated with a bird like a peacock on a perforated background to allow the flow of water.

Clay Oil Container

Domestic Utensils

A clay oil container with a conical body and a pointed base, and was probably meant to be placed on a stand. It has a short neck and a narrow opening for pouring the oil.

Clay Oil Lamp


This lamp has a round body with the handle in the center, together with an opening by means of which it could be filled with oil.

Collection of Bone Pieces with Black Inscriptions

Organic Remains

Bone was used as a writing material among ordinary people. This collection was inscribed in black ink with medical prescriptions or magical talismans.

Collection of Clay Oil Lamps


A collection of clay oil lamps are used for indoor lighting, they also function as heaters during cold nights. Oil lamps like these were widespread in the Islamic World, particularly among the common people.

Collection of Islamic Golden Coins


A collection of Islamic golden coins were struck in various cities around the Islamic world. These particular dinars are dated to Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid and Mamluk periods.



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