Indonesian Commodities in Medieval Europe — A Round-Up

Fig. 1 — The oldest surviving depiction of Bandanese people of which I am aware, from an illustrated Portuguese manuscript of c.1540. Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense, Codex Casanatense 1889, p.136-137.

Indonesian Things in Medieval European (Latin Christian) Texts

Cuman

Danish

Dutch

English

French

Fig. 2 — Some recipes in a fourteenth-century manuscript in French written in Hereford, England. London, British Library, Royal MS 12 C XII, f.11r.
Fig. 3 — Cloves in a basket, from an illustrated initial in a mid-fifteenth-century copy of Aldebrandin of Siena’s Livre de Phisike. New York, Morgan Library, M.165, f.106r.

German

Fig. 4— A Latin/Old High German glossary. Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 803.

Hungarian

Italian

Latin

Fig. 5 — Some of the Indonesian commodities in London, British Library, Sloane MS 1621, f.40r.
Fig. 6 — The description of the durian (Durio zibethinus) in a copy of Bracciolini’s De Uarietate Fortunæ (1448). The fruit is also mentioned in some of the Venetian captions on the Fra Mauro mappamundi (c.1450). Rome, Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb.lat.224, f.44v.

Scots

Spanish

Non-Latin Christian Medieval Texts

Fig. 7 — A piece of white sandalwood (Santalum album) from Timor. It has apparently been in Japan since the eighth century. Tokyo National Museum, inv. no. N-113. Thanks to Greg Ralph for alerting me to this.

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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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