Folio from a Divan (collected poems) by Hafiz (d. 1390); verso: frontispiece; recto: inscription and seals

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1523-24 (930 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Herat, Afghanistan
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 29.9 x 18.8 cm (11 3/4 x 7 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Sultan Muhammad Nur (fl. as early as 1494)
  • Artist

  • Description

    Detached folio from a bound copy of Divan (collected poems) by Hafiz (F1932.45) with selections from the work of Ibn Yamin, Omar Khayyam, and Nizami in the margins; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; headings in white; recto: flyleaf with inscription and seals; verso: right-hand half of a double-page frontispiece with facing folio (1932.47); one column; 6 lines of text; one of a group of 9 detached folios (F1932.46-54) from the bound manuscript F1932.45; accessioned separately.
    Border: The illuminated frontispiece is set in cream-colored paper.
  • Marks

    Bottom page: seals of Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah.
  • Inscriptions

    Flyleaf: "Divan of Hafiz with selections from the work of Ibn Yamin and quatrains by Khayyam and excerpts from the Khamsa of Nizami by the hand of Sultan Muhammad Nur Katib, unparalleled in his work."
  • Provenance

    To 1931
    Claude Anet (1868-1931), Paris to 1931 [1]
    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), acquired in Paris, March 21, 1932 [2]
    From 1932
    Freer Gallery of Art, puchased from Hagop Kevorkian in 1932 [3]
    [1] Object file, folder sheet note.
    [2] See Hagop Kevorkian's letter to Mr. Lodge, dated March 25, 1932 Paris, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [3] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Falnama: The Book of Omens (October 24, 2009 to January 24, 2010)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Islamic Manuscript Illumination (January 23, 1984 to December 10, 1984)
    Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp (December 16, 1979 to August 14, 1980)
    Untitled Exhibition, Persian and Near Eastern Art (May 5, 1933 to September 24, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Claude Anet (1868-1931)
    Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962)
  • Origin

    Herat, Afghanistan
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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