The Formation of Islamic Art
‘The juxtaposition and combination of decorative styles drawn from different artistic traditions.’
In this formative phase one cannot speak strictly of a full-blown Islamic art as it is the juxtaposition and innovative combination of various decorative styles and motifs drawn from different artistic traditions that produced such striking results and made them appear different. The eclectic art of this early period is different from that which developed in later centuries; it lacks the predilection for abstract and infinite designs which became characteristic of later Islamic art. Islamic Art in this early phase might be considered as a continuation of Late Antique art of the AD 4th–6th centuries.
Storage jar

Hegira, second half of the 1st century / AD 2nd half of the 7th century
Early Umayyad
Umm Qays Archaeological Museum
Umm Qays, Jordan
A vessel used for storage and decorated with swirling lines, a pattern typical of the Umayyad period.