The depiction of humans and animals alike were prohibited in Islamic religious art. Mohammed, the messenger of god, feared the worshiping of idols which god himself condemned so living beings were not allowed to be depicted.
Islamic art used ornamentation, geometric shapes, abstract patterns and calligraphy to decorate their art pieces. The Islamic art was to focus on the essence and meaning instead of the presentation.
In secular luxury Islamic art the depictions of living beings were usually allowed. But the living beings were never depicted in a religious way or held any huge significance in the art piece. It is usually taken out of focus. For example the eagle head on this Mosque Lamp.
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