King's Pote 116 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning work: A history of the pre-Islamic kings of Persia.
17 lines per page.
Ruled in gold, black and lapis. Red rubrications.
Script: Indian nastaʿlīq. Quality: Neat. Scribe: Anonymous.
F.1v: sarlauh in gold and lapis. Ff.1v-2r: interlinear gold.
F.1r: the original page has been covered with paper but numerous notes and seals are partly legible with backlighting, including seals related to the reign of Shah Jahan. F.178r: a seal alongside the colophon.
Reddish brown leather with a border in a different tone, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Only the lower board is decorated, with a pressure moulded turanj and two pendants. The spine is embossed: "Kings College, Cambridge, Ms Pote 116". Condition: Both boards are detached. In need of repair. Dimensions: 21.5 × 12.5 × 2.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 163.
Provenance and Acquisition
The "Pote Collection" arrived in England from India in 1790 and was divided between the Colleges of Eton and King's, Cambridge, with the first half alphabetically going to King's. Both halves of the collection are now housed in Cambridge University Library on permanent loan. Most if not all of the manuscripts had previously been owned by Colonel Antoine-Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795).
Gift of Edward Ephraim Pote (d.1832) in 1788.
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Funding of Cataloguing
King's College Cambridge