Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 196 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rāmāyana.
Title: Rāmāyana
Language(s): Hindi

Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.

Note concerning work: An Urdū verse translation of the Rāmāyana.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 102 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 31.5 × 21 cm.
Dimensions (written): 24 × 14.2 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


18 lines per page.

Ruled in double red with a blue outer. (3 columns).


Script: nastaʿlīq. Scribe: Anonymous.


F.1v: the heading is in an Indian script (with a note alongside). Many boxes throughout the codex are ruled in double red but remain empty.

Signs of collation.


Marbled paper on cardboard with dark brown spine. Mustard coloured plain paper doublures. Condition: The boards are very loose and are eaten away at the corners. Dimensions: 31.4 × 20.6 × 2.6 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 461.


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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