King's Pote 238 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)
Colophon details: Date: Undated Scribe: Anonymous.
Note concerning work: An imitation of the Shāhnāmah of Firdawsī, describing the achievements of the founder of the Ṣafavid dynasty.
15 lines per page.
Not ruled. Rubrications in red. Catchwords.
Script: shikasat-nastaʿlīq. Quality: Low quality. Scribe: Anonymous.
F.1r: a seal (ʿIbād Allāh, 1188) and many notes. End flyleaf: a seal (Aḥmad Khān, 1186).
Dark brown leather, Indian style. Plain leather doublures. Decorations: Turanj and two pendants (upper board only). Condition: The upper board is detached. Dimensions: 24.5 × 14 × 4.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 589.
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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