Duarte Barbosa’s Description of Timor, the Island of Sandalwood

Fig. 1 — I took this photo several years ago in West Timor; it gives a pretty good idea of the lie of the land. There are some wetter patches, though, and you’ll find a lot of greenery around people’s houses. I should also be clear that I was in Timor near the height of the dry season.
Fig. 2 — A little map. Just in case you didn’t know where Timor was. From Google Maps.
Fig. 3 — The islands of Timor and Roti (or Rote). Google Maps.

White Sandalwood

Fig. 4 — A recipe for “mawmenee” from an early fifteenth-century manuscript of the Middle English cookbook ‘Forme of Cury’. One of the instructions reads: ‘Colour it with sandalwood (saũdres)’. London, British Library, Add MS 5016, f.3r.

The Book of Duarte Barbosa

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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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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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