Islamic Art


We have always been drawn to abstracted form, and to the power of the Word. Naturally, we feel very comfortable with calligraphic art and especially with the sober and rigorous style of Central Asian art of the 10th-12th centuries. Islamic tradition permitted only the simplest of burials, and goods were never interred with their owners. Art and treasure were often cached during the invasions that plagued Central Asia or in periods of internal strife. Objects were buried in a wall or under the ground. Their owners did not always return to collect them. Often, such caches were discovered much later, when householders made repairs or dug new wells. Many hard-wearing bronze materials circulated continuously; we discovered numerous pieces of centuries-old metalwork in Kabul’s antique shops in the 70s. Sometimes, older objects had been patched into newer ones. The 12th century bronze plate that forms the image link to this page had been incorporated into the base of a 19th century brazier. We collected talismanic materials during the time we lived in Kabul and have included many fine examples below.


ISL_0112 Mosque Dome Ornament, Pakistan, Copper, Late 19th/Early 20th Century, 48" Tall From Pakistan. Rare to find one so tall.ISL_0006 Mughal Bronze Vessel, 19th Century or earlier, 13 x 13.5 inches, $850.00 isl_0174  Lock, 16th Century or earlier, Central Asia .7 x 2.8 inches

4.25 x 7 in $2500.00
Mughal Brass and Copper Huqqa Base, 18th Century 4.25 x 7 in

The sensuous form of the piece is derived from a yak horn. This type of huqqa base is associated in the literature with the region of Baltistan and Skardo in Northern Pakistan. Examples like this are very rare. See: "Gold Silver and Bronze From Mughal India", Mark Zebrowski, Alexandria Press, pages 243-244 for related examples.

Three views.

 lSL_0163 Iron Belt Hook, 19th Century, 1.1" x 2.3", $200 
ISL_0001 Central Asian  Bronze Handle 18th C
2.4 x 6.4 in $400.00

ISL_0027 Qajar Bowl, Iran, 19th C
                     7.25 x 2.75 $250.00


Detail of ISL_0098

ISL0129 Bronze Flask, 14th to 16th Century, 2.2" x 3.7" $200
ISL_0092 Pair Persian tiles with ikat designs 8" x 8" 19th century or earlier, $1100

Qajar Box 19th C
4 x 7.25 x 12 in $1,400.00


ISL0132  Safavid Pierced Ceramic Bowl, 17th/18th Century, 7" x 3.25",  Some restoration $3200.00


GM_15 Carved Stone Amulet, Set in Silver, 19th Century, .9 x 1.2 inches, $400.00
ISL_0046 12 Stone Jewelry Molds, Afghanistan Largest:
15th/16th Century 1.3" x 2.5" $1,200.00


Silver Ring 16th/17th C .7 x 1.1 in $500.00

GM_17 Silver Pendant with Inscription, 19th Century,  2.3 inches (not including loops) $200.00

ISL_0072 Silver Talisman, Iran 1.8" x 2.6"
19th/early 20th Century $200


GM_21 "Bazuband", Three Inscribed Stones Set in Silver, .9 x 4 inches, $400.00

ISL_0149  Inscribed Agate Set in Silver, 1.1" x 1", 19th Century, Purchased in Afghanistan  $250.00
GM_23 Silver Seal Ring, 16th to 18th Century, .7 x .8 inches, $400.00 (Side view on left)


Mughal Ewer 2, Bronze, 18th Century, 11.75 inches tall, $2000.00
Mughal Indian Ewer, Bronze, 18th Century, 12.5 inches Tall, Nice example of this type of ewer with the original patina. Very heavy! More images on request. $2000.00
D3. India, Sandstone Jali, 31 x 23 x 2.3 inches, 18th Century Very heavy! $2500.00