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Friday, December 20, 2013

Ancient Manuscript Review 125 : Antique Bali Lontar Manuscript ( 19th Century)

This is a very interesting type of manuscript. The origin of this manuscript is Bali island, Indonesia. The script  was written on  "lontar" leaf.
Lontar leaf derives from the palmyra species of palm, Borassus flabellifer, which is common in Indonesia. In Balinese, the palmyra palm is named "tal" ( deriving from "tala", the sanskrit name for the talipot palm), and this is reflected in the term "lontar", which is an inversion of the word "rontal" meaning "leaf" (ron) of the "tal tree" (tal).
Both sides of lontar leaf provide a writing surface. An iron stylus called a pangutik is used to inscribe the writings on the leaf surface.
I dont have any information about the content of this lontar manuscript but I believe its about the beliefs and ritual laws of Balinese.
Each leaf is 12" in length and 2.5" in width. There are total of 50+ leaves and sandwiched by  2 flat boards called " cakepan". These cakepans are made of bamboo.
( Reference : Illuminations The Writing Traditions of Indonesia)

See my other Lontar manuscripts below :
Bali Lontar 01
Bali Lontar 02
Quran Lontar

Manuscript Specs

Item : Antique Bali Lontar Manuscript
Content : Balinese Ritual
Dim : 12" x  1" x 2.5"
Date : 18-19th century
Copyist : anonymous
Origin : Bali island
Calligraphy : TBA
Design :
 Purchased Price :US

1 comment:

  1. Dear Abu. I don't think it is a Balinese lontar and it is not about ritual. please send me more whole leaves that are clear so that I can tell you what it is.