Category:Divan by Hafez, Safavid (Walters MS 630)

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English: Walters manuscript W.630 is an illuminated copy of the collection of poems (divan) by Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz al-Shirazi (flourished 8th century AH/AD 14th). The manuscript is written in black Nasta'liq script by 'Ali Quli Barrak (?) and dated Sha'ban 966 AH/AD 1559. The text opens with an illuminated incipit with titlepiece inscribed: Divan-i Khvajah Hafiz Shirazi 'alayhi al-rahmah (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.