hafiz - Manuscript of the Divan of Hafiz, about 1490

hafiz (Shiraz, about 1325 - about 1389, Shiraz)

Manuscript of the Divan of Hafiz, about 1490

Gold and colors on paper, 26 x 16 cm (10 1/4 x 6 5/16 in.) leaf


Object details

Accession number



  • Hafiz (Shiraz, about 1325 - about 1389, Shiraz) - primary
  • Ali Ibn Mustapha (active Herat, late 15th century) - scribe

Binding Description

Iranian binding


Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from an unknown dealer for $260 by 1915.


Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1922), pp. 3-4. (as 16th century; binding as Morocco)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 166. (the scribe or illuminator as Ali-ibn-Mustapha (?), about 1490 AD; the binding as probably later)
Yasuko Horioka et al. Oriental and Islamic Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1975), pp. 110-13, no. 49. (the scribe as possibly Ali son of Mustafa; as Persian, Herat, 1489-1490; binding as probably Iran, 19th century, in European style)
Benedict Cuddon. "A Field Pioneered by Amateurs: The Collecting and Display of Islamic Art in Early Twentieth-Century Boston." Muqarnas (2013), p. 18.

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