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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Signed by Shaykh Zada, Persian (active 1st half of 16th century)
Incident in a Mosque (painting, recto; text, verso), folio 77r from a Divan (collected works) of Hafiz, left-hand side of a double page.
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Divan of Hafiz
Work Type
manuscript folio
c. 1530
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Safavid period
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Physical Descriptions

Ink, opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
folio: 29 x 18.2 cm (11 7/16 x 7 3/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Louis Cartier Collection, Paris (by 1958), sold; to Stuart Cary Welch, Jr., Warren, NH, 1958-1999), gift; to the Harvard University Art Museums.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr.
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Stuart Cary Welch, Persian Painting: Five Royal Safavid Manuscripts of the Sixteenth Century, George Braziller (New York, 1976), pp 64, 65/ plate 16
  • Basil Gray, Persian Painting, Skira (New York, NY, 1977)
  • Michele de Angelis and Thomas W. Lentz, Architecture in Islamic Painting: Permanent and Impermanent Worlds, brochure, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, Mass, 1982)
  • A. M. Kevorkian and J.P. Sicre, Les Jardins du desir: Sept siecles de peinture persane, Phebus (Paris, France, 1983), pp138
  • Johann Christoph Burgel, ed., Orientalisches Mittelalter: Reflections on angels past and present and true stories of how they touch our lives, Academic Publishing Company (Wiesbaden, 1990), P. 273
  • James Cuno, ed., A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, Mass., Spring 2000), pp. 31-32
  • Michael Cook, Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England, 2000), Cover
  • Afghanistan: une histoire millenaire, exh. cat., Fundació la Caixa (Paris, France, 2002), page 57, 178/figure 147
  • Michael Cook, Forbidding Wrong in Islam, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK, 2003), Cover
  • Farid al-Din Attar, Layli Anvar, and Michael Barry, Le Cantique des Oiseaux: illustré par la peinture en Islam d’orient, Diane de Selliers (Paris, 2012), p. 266, ill. p. 267.
  • Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity (London, Thames & Hudson, 2021)., p. 82, ill.; pp. 293-295, no. 4d

Exhibition History

  • The Heavenly Court: Persian Poetry and Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/09/1985 - 03/31/1985
  • 32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/14/2015
  • Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 10/21/2021 - 02/20/2022

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project

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