Description Walters manuscript W.636 is an illustrated and illuminated copy of the collection of poems (divan) by Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz al-Shirazi (active 8th century AH/AD 14th), produced in India, possibly Kashmir. According to the colophon on fol. 231b, the text was completed by Mulla Muhammad Qasim Hamadani on the 1st Shawwal 1210 AH/AD 1796. The codex opens with a double-page illuminated frontispiece (fols. 2b-3a) and is decorated throughout with square and rectangular panels as well as horizontal bands with floral decoration marking the end of odes, quatrains, or series of verses. There are 48 illustrations. The lacquer binding with central floral design is contemporary with the manuscript.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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