Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 129 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Jām-i Jam (“Goblet of Jamshīd”).
Language(s): Persian

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.


Catalogue of the Persian manuscripts in the British Museum (3 vols.) C. Rieu 1879-1883 p.619 [BL Add. 7090]
Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library E. Sachau and H. Ethé 1889 col.567, no. 785 [Bodl. Ouseley 119]

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: c. 150 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 19.8 × 10.7 cm.
Dimensions (written): 14.3 × 6.6 cm.
Foliation: Neither foliated nor paginated.


Corrosion due to green ruling. Worm damage. Some repairs to the gutters of the end folios.


14 lines per page.

Ruled in green, gold, black, blue. Two columns. Some verses are written and ruled on the diagonal. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.


Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Elegant. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: high quality illuminated sarlauh. . Ff.1v-2r: interlinear gold and blue central column with floral design (with gold floral drawings in the margins). There are gold sprinkles on every folio (within the frame).


Final folio: a large faint circular seal.


Dark brown leather, European style. White silk doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj with 4 pendants and a border of cartouches and corner pieces. Dimensions: 20.4 × 10.8 × 2.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 282.


Origin: Undated.

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.

Record Sources


All manuscripts of the Pote Collection are on permanent loan at Cambridge University Library. Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures consult Cambridge University Library. Contact near_eastern@lib.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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