King's Pote 135 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning work: Probably compiled in India.
3 lines per page.
Script: nastaʿlīq. Quality: Beautiful. Scribe: Anonymous.
Final 2 pages: illustrated in the style of Riẓā ʿAbbāsī (Safavid); pen drawings with some colour (blue turban; light brown sleeves) and gold. (Note: these have upright orientation, unlike the calligraphic panels whose bases are to the left.) In notes held in the King's Archive (attached to a letter dated 16.4.1951), Basil Robinson describes these as: "two exquisite drawings of a seated youth and an old man leaning on a stick, in the style of about 1600 associated with the name of Āqā Riẓā".
Initial flyleaf: inspection notes with regnal dates (years 2, 4, 5, 13, and 23) and 4 seals (one dated 1134, which is early in the reign of Muḥammad Shāh). Final flyleaf: notes and seals. P.1: a note says this includes verses from the Shāhnāmah and two illustrations commissioned by ʿAbd Allāh Khān.
Brown leather, Indian style. Leather doublures. Unboxed. Polier's number: 291.
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