"Dancing Dervishes", Folio from a Divan of Hafiz

Poet Hafiz Iranian
Painting attributed to Bihzad Iranian

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This miniature from a dispersed manuscript of the poems of Hafiz depicts Sufis or mystics dancing. In the court style of Herat, the rhythm set up by the whirling of the dancers contrasts with the meditative figures encircling them. Those overcome by the movement of the dance seen in the foreground exemplify the naturalism of this period, while the scene is set against a verdant landscape resembling an earthly paradise.

"Dancing Dervishes", Folio from a Divan of Hafiz, Hafiz (Iranian, Shiraz ca. 1325–1390 Shiraz), Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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