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Walters Ms. W.629, 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 manuscript 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). The text was written in nastaʿlīq script in black ink on buff and rose-tinted laid paper in Shawwāl 958 AH / 1552 CE. The codex contains four illustrations (fols. 41a, 95b, 147a, and 179b). The dark brown goatskin binding with central medallion and pendants panel-stamped in relief is original to the manuscript.


Shawwāl 958 AH / 1552 CE






Literary -- Poetry


The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.

fol. 200a:
  1. Transliteration: tammat [sic] al-kitāb bi ʿawn Allāh al-malik al-wahhāb wa-ḥusn tawfīqih wa /1/ al-ṣal<ā>h wa-al-salām ʿalá Muḥammad wa ālih ajmaʿīn wa-sallama taslīman /2/ dāyiman abadan kathīran fī ta<ʾ>rīkh shahr /3/ Shawwāl sanat tisʿ wa-khamsīn /4/ wa-tisʿimi<ʾ>ah al-hijrīyah /5/ al-muṣṭafawīyah /6/ tamma /7/
  2. Comment: In Arabic; gives date of copying

Support material


Buff and rose-tinted laid paper


Foliation: i+200+i

Foliation in Hindu-Arabic numerals beginning with the first double-page opening


Catchwords: Written obliquely on versos


12.0 cm wide by 20.5 cm high

Written surface

7.0 cm wide by 12.5 cm high

  1. Columns: 2
  2. Ruled lines: 12
  3. Framing lines in gold, black, and blue

fols. 1b - 200a:
  1. Title: Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ
  2. Author: Ḥāfiẓ, 14th cent.
  3. Incipit: الا يا ايها الساقى ادر كاسا وناولها...
  4. Hand note: Written in nastaʿlīq script in black ink
  5. Decoration note: Four illustrations (fols. 41a, 95b, 147a, and 179b); illuminated incipit with headpiece (fol. 1b); interlinear illumination (fols. 1b-2a)


fol. 1b:

  1. W.629, fol. 1b
  2. Title: Illuminated incipit page with headpiece
  3. Form: Incipit; headpiece
  4. Label: This page has an illuminated headpiece inscribed wa-Llah khayr hāfiz. The main text is decorated with interlinear illumination with polychrome motifs. The vertical divider is illuminated with floral motifs on a blue ground. The headpiece and written surface are surrounded by a dark blue band with white crosses and an illuminated frame.

fol. 41a:

  1. W.629, fol. 41a
  2. Title: The hunt
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 95b:

  1. W.629, fol. 95b
  2. Title: Sufis dancing
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 147a:

  1. W.629, fol. 147a
  2. Title: Polo game
  3. Form: Illustration

fol. 180b:

  1. W.629, fol. 180b
  2. Title: Youth and pir in a garden
  3. Form: Illustration


The binding is original.

Dark brown goatskin (with flap); central medallion and pendants panel-stamped in relief


Muṣṭafá Pāshā Vālī-i Iskandarīyah, 1231 (fol. 1a)

Ḥasan Ḥaqqī, 1285 (fol. 1a)

Ḥasan Ḥaqqī Vālī-i Salānīk, 1303 (fol. 1a)


Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest


Gacek, Adam. Persian Manuscripts in the Libraries of McGill University: Brief Union Catalogue. (Montreal: McGill University Libraries, 2005), no. 39.

Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), nos. 244, 270-4, 318; 2: 326-8.


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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