A Fourteenth Century Malay Manuscript from Kerinci
This manuscript is from a private collection in the kabupaten Kerinci, Jambi province written on daluang (bark paper). It was first described by Petrus Voorhoeve as No. 114 in his Tambo Kerinci, of which there is a copy in the KITLV. The text was transliterated by Purbacaraka. The script of the manuscript has not been sufficiently researched, but it is certainly derived from later Kawi, and possibly one of the local Malayu scripts of Sumatra. The last two pages are written in an old form of the Kerinci script (surat incung) containing a few letters that are nowadays unknown in the Kerinci script, but still existent in other southern Sumatran scripts. Textual evidence as well as a radio carbon date place the manuscript in the second half of the 14th century. For publications on this manuscript, please refer to my bibliography page.
Note: The last three pictures are from another document found in the same collection.
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