King's Pote 185 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning work: Recitations for the month of Muḥarram on the martyrdom of the Imāms, etc.
14 lines per page.
Ff.1v-2r: ruled in gold blue and red; thereafter ruled in double red with a blue outer. Also a marginal frame in red. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.
Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.
F.1v: an illuminated sarlauh in gold blue and red.
Flyleaf: a quatrain with a symbol made up of letters in red ink. A note in English explains: "On the face of the everlasting writing. Inverted is written the name of the two ʿAlī's inverted, one lām two ʿayn s with 2 yā s inverted, being the eyebrow, eye and nose in clear writing". F.1r: a note gives the name ʿIbād Allāh (possibly the same person whose seal appears on numerous Pote manuscripts).
Reddish brown leather, Indian style with an envelope flap. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Pressure moulded turanj with two pendants. A lozenge on the flap. Dimensions: 28.7 × 17.2 × 2.2 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 388.
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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