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Collection of poems (divan), Incipit page with titlepiece, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.630, fol. 1b | by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts
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Collection of poems (divan), Incipit page with titlepiece, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.630, fol. 1b

This is an illuminated copy of the collection of poems (dīvān) by Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfiz al-Shīrāzī (fl. eighth century AH / fourteenth CE). The manuscript is written in black nastaʿlīq script by ʿAlī Qulī Barrāk (?) and dated Shaʿbān 966 AH / 1559 CE. The text opens with an illuminated incipit with titlepiece inscribed: Dīvān-i Khvājah Ḥāfiẓ Shīrāzī ʿalayhi al-raḥmah (fol. 1b). The text of the incipit and the facing page (fols. 1b-2a) has gilt interlinear decoration. The dark brown leather binding, which is original to the manuscript, is panel-stamped in relief with a central lobed medallion with pendants and an allover floral and vine decoration. The doublures of red-brown leather have a central medallion, pendants, and cornerpieces in leather filigree on a blue ground.

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Taken on May 23, 2011