Lontar: From Palm Leaf to Manuscript

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March 24, 2015

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Botanical Letters

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Esther Helena Arens, « Lontar: From Palm Leaf to Manuscript », Botanical Letters, ID : 10670/1.29irur


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Two weeks ago, in the small reading room for manuscripts from the special collections at Leiden University, a researcher explored scripture on narrow long brown leaves. Both these leaves from a palm tree (Palmyra, Borassus flabellifer) and the manuscript they constitute go by the name of lontar. The technique was characteristic of the literary cultures on Java and Bali especially: "[...] the library in the sense of a collection of authoritative written texts cared for and consulted by special...

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