Manuscript Of A Divan Of Hafiz
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1964.149
People
Cover attributed to Sultan Muhammad, Persian ( 16th century)
Title
Manuscript of a Divan of Hafiz
Classification
Manuscripts
Work Type
manuscript
Date
c. 1530
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Period
Safavid period
Culture
Persian
Location
Level 2, Room 2550, Art from Islamic Lands
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper; binding: lacquer on paper with leather
Dimensions
29.21 x 19.05 x 3.5 cm (11 1/2 x 7 3/16 x 1 3/8 in.)
Provenance
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Cary Welch, Jr., Contoocook, NH, (by 1964), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1964.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart C. Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
1964
Object Number
1964.149
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions

Label Text: Islamic Art: East and West, written 1982
Iran, Safavid, Tabriz, ca. 1526–27
Lacquer Binding and Text
From a Divan (Collected Works) of Hafiz
Gift – Stuart Cary Welch, former Collection Philip Hofer 1964.149

Label Text: Sacred Symbols of Islam, written 1980
Iran, Safavid, ca. 1526-27
Lacquer book binding for the Divan of Hafiz.
Gift - Stuart C. Welch 1964.149

The central figures with wine bottle and folio of poetry evoke the themes of sufism: poetry, intoxication, and divine love, which are also central to Hafiz's poetry.

Label Text: Early Safavid Painting 1501 - 1576, written 1987
Book Cover of the Divan (The Collected Works) of Hafiz
Persian, Safavid, Tabriz, ca. 1536 – 37
Lacquer
Gift of Stuart Cary Welch
1964.149

Label Text: Eyes to the East: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Art Given by Harvard Graduates, written 1990
Binding of a manuscript
Attributed to Sultan Muhammad
A Divan (Collected Works) of Hafiz
Persia, Safavid Tabriz, ca. 1527
Lacquer over opaque watercolor on glued paper
Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. (Class of 1950)
1964.149

Label Text: The Heavenly Court: Persian Poetry and Painting, written 1985
27. A Divan of Hafiz
Lacquer binding
Iran, Isfahan, ca.1530
Gift – Stuart C. Welch, formerly in the collection of Louis J. Cartier 1964.149

Label Text: Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book, written 1993
Manuscript of a Divan (Collected Works) of Hafiz
Cover attributed to Sultan Muhammad
Iran, Safavid, Tabriz, ca. 1526-27
Lacquer over opaque watercolor on glued paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
1964.149

Label Text: Geometry of the Spirit: Islamic Illumination and Calligraphy, written 1988
Binding of a Divan (Collected Works) of Hafiz
Iran, Safavid, ca. 1530
Attributed to Sultan Muhammad
Lacquer over polychromed leather
Gift of Stuart Cary Welch
1964.149

Publication History

Laurence Binyon and J. V. S. Wilkinson, Persian Miniature Painting: Including a Critical and Descriptive Catalogue of the Miniatures Exhibited at Burlington House January-March, 1931, exh. cat., Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (London, England, 1933), page 128

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, A Survey of Persian Art From Prehistoric Times to the Present, Soroush Press (Tehran, Iran, 1977), page 972, 977

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), page 83/figure 88

Studies In Islamic and Later Indian Art From the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), page 11 & 12/figure 3 & 4

Jon Thompson, ed., Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Iran, 1501 - 1576, exh. cat., Skira (New York, 2003), p 185, fig 7.1

Selseleh: Artistic Lineages in Persian Painting, Hadeeth ad-Dar (Kuwait, 2014), Vol. 28, pp. 12-17, fig. 1

Exhibition History

The Heavenly Court: Persian Poetry and Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/09/1985 - 03/31/1985

Early Safavid Painting 1501 - 1576, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/21/1987 - 04/12/1987

Geometry of the Spirit: Islamic Illumination and Calligraphy, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/30/1988 - 06/26/1988

Paintings for Princes: The Art of the Book in Islam, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/27/1990 - 03/25/1990

Eyes to the East: Indian, Persian, and Turkish Art Given by Harvard Graduates, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/1990 - 11/25/1990

Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/25/1993 - 01/30/1994

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