Old Palm Leaf Manuscript ‘lontar’
Probably inscribed in old Javanese script (kawi) or possibly Balinese, this antique palm leaf manuscript ('lontar') is quite fascinating and mysterious. Carved wood covers have a folk quality and include lettering (RATUANGELINGDARME), which translates in Javanese to “Queen (ratu) Angel (angeling) Duty (darme). This could be the name of a Hindu epic, or an old legend or morality tale. Possibly from Bali or Lombok, due to the style of the carving on the covers, it is in quite good condition, with only some chipped edges. This beautiful book would be a fascinating addition to a manuscript collection and could provide many hours of intellectual sleuthing for those inclined toward language and written culture.
Size: 11.5 in.x 4.75 in.x 1.25 in.