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Collection of Poems (Divan)
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Collection of Poems (Divan)

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Description Walters manuscript W.628 is an illuminated and illustrated manuscript copy of the Collection of poems (divan) by Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz al-Shirazi (flourished 8th century AH/AD 14th). It was written in black Nasta"liq script with chapter/section headings in gold ink by Zayn al-"Abidin "Abd al-Rahman al-Jami in 918 AH/AD 1512 in Safavid Iran. The manuscript opens with an illuminated medallion (fol. 1a), followed by a double-page illustrated frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a). The text begins with an incipit page with illuminated headpiece (fol. 2b). There are three additional illustrations (fols. 24a, 49b, and 87a). The red leather binding, which is not original and may be attributed to late 12th-century AH/AD 18th or 13th-century AH/AD 19th Turkey, has a scalloped medallion with gold-tooled decoration and borders.
Date Description Narrative
7/09/2015Treatmentmedia consolidation; tears repaired
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [Ex libris on upper board inside]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Sha'ban 918 AH/AD 1512 (Safavid)
ink and pigments on brown laid paper covered with red leather with gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 8 7/16 x W: 5 5/16 in. (21.5 x 13.5 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
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