An Indonesian Tree Product in Medieval German Gunpowder

Fig. 1 — A map of Sumatra with a detail showing the rough location of Barus, near modern-day Sibolga in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. Data here is taken from Drakard (1990:x).
Fig. 2 — The serpentine handgun depicted in Vienna, ÖNB, Codex 3069, f.38v.
Fig. 3— A line from the contents page of the Vienna Büchsenmeisterbuch: <Das viij stuk Wie man dē canpfor lûtret> ‘The eighth piece: how one purifies the camphor’. Vienna, ÖNB, Codex 3069, f.i.
Fig. 4— A recipe for powerful gunpowder using camphor (campfor) in the Vienna Büchsenmeisterbuch. Vienna, ÖNB, Codex 3069, f.2v.
Fig. 5— A man with an alembic presumably filled with brandy and camphor in Vienna, ÖNB, Codex 3069, f.2v.

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Posting about ancient and medieval Indonesia, up to ~1500 CE. Mainly into 14th & 15th century stuff, but earlier is fine too.

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