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Walters Ms. W.638, 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 is an illuminated and illustrated copy of the Collection of poems (dīvān) by Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfiz al-Shīrāzī (fl. eighth century AH / fourteenth CE), written in the first half of the eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE. There are five illustrations.


First half of the 11th century AH / 17th CE






Literary -- Poetry


The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

Support material


Laid paper


Foliation: ii+183+i


Catchwords: Written on versos


13.5 cm wide by 24.0 cm high

Written surface

7.5 cm wide by 16.5 cm high

  1. Columns: 2
  2. Ruled lines: 16
  3. Some lines written obliquely

fols. 1b - 183a:
  1. Title: Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ
  2. Author: Ḥāfiẓ, 14th cent.
  3. Incipit: الا يا ايها الساقى ادر كاسا وناولها...
  4. Text note: Misbound; first two folios (without text) supplied later
  5. Hand note: Written in black nastaʿlīq script; the words ayḍan and wa-lahu in white
  6. Decoration note: Five illustrations; double-page illuminated incipits with headpieces; illuminated headpiece (added later); panels for chapter/section headings, cloud-bands, borders with foliate design; frame


fol. 6b:

  1. W.638, fol. 6b
  2. Title: Double-page illuminated incipit with headpiece
  3. Form: Incipit; headpiece
  4. Label: The inscription in the headpiece reads: Qaṣāʾid-i Khvājah Ḥāfiẓ Shīrāzī.

fol. 17b:

  1. W.638, fol. 17b
  2. Title: Double-page illuminated incipit with headpiece
  3. Form: Incipit; headpiece
  4. Label: The inscription in the headpiece reads: fa-Allāh khayr ḥāfiẓan.

fol. 27b:

  1. W.638, fol. 27b
  2. Title: A festive party in a garden with dance, music, and wine
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 63b:

  1. W.638, fol. 63b
  2. Title: Majnūn seated in the wilderness with Laylá on a camel
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 94b:

  1. W.638, fol. 94b
  2. Title: A drinking and merry-making party
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 131b:

  1. W.638, fol. 131b
  2. Title: A polo-playing scene
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 149b:

  1. W.638, fol. 149b
  2. Title: Rustam rescuing Bīzhan from the well
  3. Form: Illustration


The binding is not original.

Probably twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE; dark brown leather (with flap); gold-tooled and -painted central rectangular panel and frames


Seal impression: ʿAbd Allāh al-Murādī, 1132 AH / 1719 CE (fol. 91b)


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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