In religious Islamic art, a prohibition exists against depicting God and people in general. Christian art,for the most part, allows for the depiction of the holy including Jesus or in this case Mary.
Instead of using images of religious figures, Islamic art often used calligraphy to convey religious significance. Instead of showing God in images, artists showed God in writing his words.
In non-religious artwork, figures could be represented. As long as the figures were not being worshiped, artwork featuring images of people was fine. God could still not be represented.
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The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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