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Lontar manuscript 1930-1940 from the collection of Prof C Bonne (1891-1948). Prof Bonne was professor at the Medical School in Batavia, and editor of the Medical Magazine in the Dutch Indies.
This remarkable lontar came from the collection of Prof C Bonne. He was an important doctor in the Dutch Indies. The very detailed drawings depict scenes from the Ramayana acoompanied by Balinese words. This was no touristic item, but more a show of force by an experienced (most likely) Balinese lontar writer. Important lontars had covers made of expensive wood, and the side of leaves were painted red, like this one. In some cases even a special box was made to preserve the lontar, like in TOBO 753 and TOBO 800.
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