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Walters Ms. W.632, Collection of poems (divan)

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Collection of poems (divan)

Text title
Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ

Vernacular: ديوان حافظ


Authority name: Ḥāfiẓ, 14th cent.

As-written name: Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfiz al-Shīrāzī

Name, in vernacular: شمس الدين محمد حافظ الشيرازي

Note: Author dates preferred by cataloger: fl. 8th century AH / 14th CE


This illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of the Collection of poems (dīvān) by Ḥāfiẓ (fl. eighth century AH / fourteenth CE) dates to the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE. The manuscript begins with a double-page illustrated frontispiece depicting a hunt, which is followed by an illuminated incipit page. The text is written in black nastaʿlīq script with gold and blue headings. There are five additional illustrations (fols. 50b, 76b, 99a, 124b, and 147b). The binding, which is not original to the codex, is covered with a gold-brocaded Safavid textile that dates to the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE or twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE.


10th century AH / 16th CE






Literary -- Poetry


The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Support material


Laid Persian paper


Foliation: ii+ 179+ i


Catchwords: Written obliquely on versos


11.0 cm wide by 20.0 cm high

Written surface

5.5 cm wide by 13.0 cm high

  1. Columns: 2
  2. Ruled lines: 14
  3. Framing lines in gold, black, and blue

fols. 1b - 179a:
  1. Title: Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ
  2. Author: Ḥāfiẓ, 14th cent.
  3. Incipit: الا يا ايها الساقى ادر كاسا وناولها...
  4. Hand note: Written in nastaʿlīq script in black with gold and blue headings
  5. Decoration note: Five illustrations (fols. 50b, 76b, 99a, 124b, and 147b); double-page illustrated frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a); illuminated incipit with headpiece (fol. 2b)


fol. 1b:

  1. W.632, fol. 1b
  2. Title: Double-page illustrated frontispiece depicting a hunting scene
  3. Form: Illustration; frontispiece

fol. 2a:

  1. W.632, fol. 2a
  2. Title: Double-page illustrated frontispiece depicting a hunting scene
  3. Form: Illustration; frontispiece

fol. 2b:

  1. W.632, fol. 2b
  2. Title: Incipit page with illuminated headpiece
  3. Form: Incipit; headpiece

fol. 50b:

  1. W.632, fol. 50b
  2. Title: Reception with poet
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 76b:

  1. W.632, fol. 76b
  2. Title: Gathering with the recitation of poetry, music, and wine
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 99a:

  1. W.632, fol. 99a
  2. Title: Princely figure on horseback with a falcon
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 124b:

  1. W.632, fol. 124b
  2. Title: Battle scene
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 147b:

  1. W.632, fol. 147b
  2. Title: Hunting scene
  3. Form: Illustration


The binding is not original.

Probably late eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE or twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE; red leather with central panels on the boards and flap filled with gold-brocaded Safavid silk


Seal impression: Muḥammad Ḥabīb (fol. 2b); invocation: yā kabīkaj (fol. 1a)


Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest


Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail

Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara


The Walters Art Museum


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