Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Grenville XLI (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental 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



Written in nastaʿlīq



Gold-ruled margins

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

Ḥāfiẓ walking in the desert.

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

Ḥāfiẓ and his companions in a tavern.

Khusrau watching Farhād cutting the aqueduct on Mt. Bisitun.

Ḥāfiẓ and his patron Muẓaffar sitting together in a pavilion.

A soothsayer and his companion before a young Mughal prince.

Manṣūr Ḥallāj being hanged.

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

Yūsuf enthroned receiving his brothers.

A prince being entertained in a garden by a kamāncheh player.

A prince being handed a laudatory poem by a poet.

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

A drunken man being reproached by his companion.

Ḥāfiẓ with two companions.

A prince being presented with a laudatory poem.

Lailā visiting Majnūn in the desert.

Scene outside a tavern and wine distillery.

Polo players.

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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