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This is a blog of my personal collections. The purpose of this blog is to educate myself and public in regards to antiquities especially related to religion and calligraphy. I welcome everyone to input their feedback in this blog which they think would be helpful. I do not watermark the photos in this blog so everyone is free to use them as long as they are not used for illegal and unethical reasons. I appreciate if you could notify me if you plan to use any of the photos here. Enjoy browsing!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ancient Manuscript Review 169 : Antique Indian Hindu Palm Leaf Manuscript ( 18th Century)



This is another manuscript written in palm leaf. However this time this manuscripts originated from Chennai India. I acquired this manuscript during my trip to Chennai early this year.
The leaf derives from the palmyra species of palm, especially Talipot Palm, which is common in India.
Both sides of palm leaf provide a writing surface. An iron stylus is used to inscribe the writings on the leaf surface.
See below the info on metal stylus :

Iron Stylus

I dont have any information about the content of this manuscript but I believe its about Hinduism. The manuscript was acquired from an abandoned temple in Chennai.
Each leaf is 14.5" in length and 1.0" in width. There are total of 50+ leaves and secured by an orange string. The covers are missing.

Compare this manuscript with similar manuscripts from Indonesia below :
Bali Lontar 01
Bali Lontar 02
Bali Lontar 03
Quran Lontar

Manuscript Specs

Item : Antique Hindu Palm Leaf Manuscript
Content : Hindusim
Dim : 14.5" x  1"
Date : 18-19th century
Copyist : anonymous
Origin : Chennai, India
Calligraphy : TBA
Design :
Purchased Price :US

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