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Divan

Hafez e Sirazi A157 Hafez Divan Complete Persian manuscript on paper of Kashmiri provenance, signed by the scribe Zia od-Din and dated at the year 1072 AH (equal to our AD 1661/62).Leaf dimensions: 193 x 116 mm. (7, 59 x 4,56 in); text panel dimensions: 130 x 65 mm. (5, 11 x 2, 55 in).The manuscript is composed by 264 numbered leaves; the text is written in a refined black inked nastaliq-style calligraphy, and arranged on a double 14-line colum; both the text panel and the intercolumnia are framed by thin golden, black and blue lines arranged in a triplet of close-fitting parallel thread-like disposition.The decoration set consists mostly in an illuminated golden and colored frontispiece (unwan); blind-stamped and golden decorations embellish the leather binding. There are visibly traces of use; two leaves have been re-written in a later moment; moreover, several leaves have been restored; otherwise, this manuscript lies in good conditions. Hage Sams od-Din Mohammed Hafez-e Sirazi(1315-1390),more commonly known by the honorific title of Hafez, referred to anyone who knows the Koran by heart, was one of the most prominent authors in the vast tradition of the Persian poetry. His huge collection of poems deals with such themes as the mystical love to God or the seemingly blasphemous pleasure of drinking wine, nonetheless his works are sparkled with often humorous and satirical hints intended to denounce both prudes and hypocrites.