Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Grenville XLI (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Grenville Manuscripts


1 copy of Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ by 2 authors

The Dīvān of Ḥāfiẓ, wanting about forty leases at the beginning, and not including the Qaṣīdahs

Language(s): Persian


For a more detailed description see Rieu 1876-83, page 629.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 258 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 12.7 × 7.6 in.



Written in nastaʿlīq



Gold-ruled margins

19 miniatures, in the Indian style, and of a high degree of finish, but partly defaced

f. 5r Ḥāfiẓ walking in the desert.

f. 14r Sulaimān with his attendant jinns and angels, surrounded by birds and animals.

f. 32v Ḥāfiẓ and his companions in a tavern.

f. 54r Khusrau watching Farhād cutting the aqueduct on Mt. Bisitun.

f. 66v Ḥāfiẓ and his patron Muẓaffar sitting together in a pavilion.

f. 86r A soothsayer and his companion before a young Mughal prince.

f. 104v Manṣūr Ḥallāj being hanged.

f. 112v Nūḥ (Noah) in the ark with birds and animals.

f. 115r Yūsuf enthroned receiving his brothers.

f. 135r A prince being entertained in a garden by a kamāncheh player.

f. 166r A prince being handed a laudatory poem by a poet.

f. 167r A scene in a courtyard outside a tavern (by Madhū). Inscription on the book giving the artist's name Ustād Madhū.

f. 181v A drunken man being reproached by his companion.

f. 192r Ḥāfiẓ with two companions.

f. 200v A prince being presented with a laudatory poem.

f. 216v Lailā visiting Majnūn in the desert.

f. 228v Scene outside a tavern and wine distillery.

f. 232r Polo players.

f. 244v A prince drinking and listening to music of the vina.


Bound in painted covers


Origin: 16th century CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Ch. Rieu: Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum. London, 1879-1883


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