The Islamic art collections of the Louvre are amongst the most important in the Western world. This section was created in 1890 and includes highly varied works from the VIIth to the XIXth century originating from the Islamic lands, and comprising ceramics, metals, glassware, woodwork, ivories, textiles, miniatures, papyrii, stone.
These collections are currently displayed in new rooms at the entresol level of the Richelieu Wing, in chronological order, from the dynasty of the Umayyades (661-750 A.D.) to the 19th century.
The major works include:
Basin, known as the Baptistery of Saint Louis
Egypt or Syria, early XIVth century
Engraved brass inlaid with gold and silver
H 23.2 cm; W 50.5 cm
Horse Head Dagger
India, XVIIth century
Blade: steel, inlaid with gold; handle: jade, carved decoration, inlaid with semi-precious stones
L 50 cm