Abdul Rashid Delmi

Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum
Lahore, Pakistan

This manuscript named Dewan-e-Hafiz was scribed by Abdul Rashid Delmi, a Mughal court calligrapher in Nastaliq Script and in Persian Language belonging to 18th Century AC. Its text box size is 15.4 x 9 cm

Abdual Rashid Dehlmi was an Iranian by birth and moved to the subcontinent during the region of Shah Jahan (r.1628-1658 AC). He was a court calligrapher of Shah Jahan. It is said that he was the calligraphy teacher of Prince Dara Shikoh.

The Divan itself was written by Khwaja Shams-ud-Din Muhammad Hafiz-e-Shiraz (1325-1389 AC). Hafez is one of the greatest Persian poems and his work is regarded as the zenith of Persian poetry.

Nastaliq script is a combination of Naskh and Taliq scripts and was prroduced by Mir Ali Tabrezi. It is fully cursive and very elegant. This script quickly became very popular in Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Indian Sub-continent.


  • Title: Dewan-e-Hafiz
  • Creator: Abdul Rashid Delmi
  • Physical Location: Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Physical Dimensions: 26 x 17 cm
  • Original Language: Persian
  • Rights: Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Medium: Ink and Pigments on paper

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