King's Pote 139 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Friday, 15 Ṣafar 1198 / 9 Jan 1784 Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning work: A long mathnavī in the same metre as the Shāhnāmah describing the exploits of ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib.
21 lines per page.
Ruled in double red with a blue outer (4 columns). Rubrications in red. Catchwords.
Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.
Brown leather, Indian style, with flap. Plain reddish brown leather doublures. Decorations: Metal inlaid, pressure-moulded turanj and two pendants and corner pieces. Flap has a lozenge with two corner pieces. Spine of flap has pressure-moulded inscription and two pendants. Dimensions: 32.8 × 24.3 × 5.7 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 325.
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