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Bark book from Sumatra. Late 19th century.
Department of Oriental and Judaica Collections, Batak 38

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Notice the pen

Bark book containing 19 connected leaves between two wooden covers.
It is a ritual book of the Batak people (in the interior of Sumatra, Indonesia), written in sooty ink on folded bark. A pen is shown above the book.

11 x 14.2 cm.

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