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Serat Selarasa (1804) - BL MSS Jav 28 (page 230 crop)


Serat Selarasa (1804) - BL MSS Jav 28 (page 230 crop)



Sela Rasa. Dated 24 Sapar AJ. 1731 [4 June A.D. 1804]. The original owner of the MS is noted at the top of the first page: punika sĕrat kagunganipun nyonya Sakebĕr [gezaghebber, or perhaps Madame Schaber of Surabaya]. Javanese language and script. In verse; 41 cantos. The text is distinguished by many fine polychrome wayang-style illustrations throughout, with an elaborate frontispiece. Mackenzie received the MS from Rothenbühler at Surabaya in Feb. 1812. In origin, format, and style it is identical to MSS Jav. 68.
Dimensions: 310 x 200 mm.
Dutch paper, watermarks: 'J Honig & Zoonen', 'J H & Z', 'ProPatria'; well-thumbed. 19 lines per page; black ink with gold highlights.
Modern half-calf binding.

M.C. Ricklefs and P. Voorhoeve, Indonesian manuscripts in Great Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977), p.61;
Annabel Teh Gallop with Bernard Arps, Golden letters: writing traditions of Indonesia (London: British Library; Jakarta: Lontar, 1991), pp.88-89.



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