HAFIZ, SHAMS AL-DIN SHIRAZI (D.1389 AD), DIWAN, NORTH INDIA, PROBABLY KASHMIR, DATED 1238 AH/1822-23 AD
Persian manuscript on paper, 209 leaves plus 5 fly-leaves, 14 lines to the page, written in nasta’liq within clouds against a gold ground, the text divided into two columns, ruled in gold and blue, some pages with marginal geometrical decoration in blue, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, in fine lacquer binding
text panel: 10.4 by 5.2cm.
leaf: 13.3 by 7.6cm.
The margins are clean, minor stains and rubbing, minor losses to the illuminations, minor cracks to the binding, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.59, p.230.
Another copy of Hafiz’s Diwan copied in Kashmir was sold in these rooms, 11 October 2006, lot 24.