Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century - Avalon - Gifts, Antiques & Plants
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Book by Batak priest (Pustaha) - Toba Batak - Sumatra Indonesia - mid 19th Century

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A tree bark book by a Batak priest, known as a Pustaha. A student priest always has to write down all the magic rituals, formulas, medicine and songs in a book. This book will be used throughout the life of the priest. The Batak script is based on Sanskrit. The book consists of a total of 86 pages with spells and drawings. 

Material: Tree bark with 2 wooden covers.

Size: 12,8 x 7,5 x 6,5 cm

Age: Mid 19th Century

The book has been acquired by a U.S. navy in Batavia before WOII (See pictures)