Indonesian Commodities in Medieval Bohemia

Fig. 1 — Bohemia <BOEMIA> on the Catalan Atlas, a world map drawn in Mallorca by Elisha ben Abraham Cresques c.1375. Here, south is up: Prague <praga> is near the bottom, ringed by the Vltava, with Vienna <vuyena> near the top (south of Prague) and Krakow <cracouje> to the left (=east). Paris, BnF, Espagnol 30, f.5r.

Bohemia in the Fourteenth Century

Fig. 2 — A charming winter view of the Charles Bridge. (I realised while writing this that I didn’t have any pictures of my own of the bridge, though I have crossed it.) Source: Wikimedia Commons, photographer: Ray Swi-Hymn.

Spices in Klaret’s Lexicon

Fig. 3 — <psitac(us) Spaczek> (Gramm. line 221). In fact “špaček” is the Czech word for ‘starling’, not ‘parrot’ (Lat. psittacus). Prague, National Library of the Czech Republic (Národní knihovna České republiky), XIV.F.20, f.131v. 1410–1420.
Fig. 4— Some mace from my kitchen. You can see why people in medieval Europe and the Middle East thought it might be the dried flower of the nutmeg.
Fig. 5— Some cubebs. Also from my kitchen. Rather tasty.
Fig. 6— A Bohemian doctor <Artzt> examining a patient’s urine as depicted on one of the playing cards in the Ambraser Hofämterspiel deck. A silver two-tailed lion rampant on a red field was part of the arms of the Kingdom of Bohemia, adopted during the reign of the thirteenth-century king Ottakar II. (See the inverted depiction on the Catalan Atlas in Figure 1.) Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, inv. no. KK 5106. c.1455. (I’m including this picture mostly because I like it. I have a facsimile of this deck of cards and I love it.)

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Medieval Indonesia

Medieval Indonesia

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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