2007.183.1 verso (text) Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to Sultan Muhammad, Persian (16th century)
Folio (text, recto and verso) preceding the illustrated folio depicting "Lovers' Picnic", from a manuscript of the Divan (Collected Works) of Hafiz
Work Type
manuscript folio
c. 1530
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Tabriz
Safavid period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
19 x 12.4 cm (7 1/2 x 4 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed:
  • inscription: In the text blocks at the upper edge of the painting (translated by Martin B. Dickson): "A rose without the glow of a lover bears no joy; / Without wine to drink, the spring brings no joy."
Arthur Sambon, Paris (by 1912). Louis Cartier Collection, Paris, (by 1931-1958), sold; to Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Cary Welch, Jr., Warner, NH, (1958-2007), gift; to the Harvard University Art Museums.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Stuart Cary Welch in honor of Edith Iselin Gilbert Welch
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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This folio precedes the folio illustrating the well-known painting (see 2007.183.2) which features a pair of courtly lovers in a spring garden. The painting appears on what was once folio 66 recto of a famous manuscript of the Divan of Hafiz. Because the name of Sam Mirza (b. 1517), brother to the Safavid ruler Shah Tahmasp, appears on one of the now dispersed paintings, it is posited that the prince was the patron of the manuscript.
Publication History

Armenag Sakisian, La Miniature Persane du XIIe au XVIIe Siecle, Les Editions G. van Oest (Paris, France, 1929), pp. 113, pl. LXXXI, fig. 146

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), pp. 112, 115, 116, 128-9:illus. Pl. LXXXIII A, no. 127

Ivan Stchoukine, Les peintures des manuscrits safavis 1502-1587, P. Guenther (Paris, 1959), pp. 60-61

Basil Gray, La Peinture Persane, Skira (Geneve, 1961), pp. 130, 136, 137

Stuart Cary Welch, Persian Painting: Five Royal Safavid Manuscripts of the Sixteenth Century, George Braziller (New York, 1976), p. 117

Stuart Cary Welch, Wonders of the Age: Masterpieces of Early Safavid Painting, 1501-1576, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), pp. 122-23

Martin Bernard Dickson and Stuart Cary Welch, The Houghton Shahnameh, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1981), pp.37-39, 58

Harvard Art Museum, Harvard Art Museum Annual Report, ed. Thomas W. Lentz (Cambridge, 2007-2008), p. 34

Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity (London, Thames & Hudson, 2021)., pp. 293-294, no. 4c

Exhibition History

32Q: 2550 Islamic, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/14/2015

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/31/2019 - 01/08/2020

Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, 10/21/2021 - 02/20/2022

Related Works

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