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2010/1/505 Calendar, Sumatran, cylindrical, bamboo, maker unknown, Sumatra, 20th century. Click to enlarge.

Sumatran calander

Made
  • 1900-1999
This slide rule is from the collection of calculating instruments assembled by Assoc. Professor Allan Bromley. His collection provides examples of most forms of calculating devices made from the early 18th to the late 20th centuries. Slide rules constitute a substantial proportion of this collection.

Over the 19th and much of the 20th centuries the slide rule was the primary instrument for calculation used by many people engaged in the trades and in engineering. Although originally invented …

Summary

Object No.

2010/1/505

Object Statement

Calendar, Sumatran, cylindrical, bamboo, maker unknown, Sumatra, 20th century

Physical Description

Calendar, Sumatran, cylindrical, incised markings with decorative band around top, three tables incised onto main body of bamboo.

These are a grid (matrix) of symbols in twelve columns (months) and 30 rows (days), a table of six columns with characters (symbols), derived from the Brahmanic script of Hindu India, incised down their lengths, and three blocks with an animal symbol and characters incised. These fill the body of the cylinder. There are two holes drilled into the upper edge of the bamboo that had a string that has since frayed and been placed inside the cylinder.

This may be a Batak calendar from traditional Sumatran culture. It is possible that this is actually a medicine container rather than a calendar although it does have the calendar tables incised around it.

Marks

White label sticked at bottom, handwrited in black ' Bromley / 1984-91 '.

Production

Made

  • 1900-1999

History

Notes

Bromley note: "Incised on surface of a segment of Bamboo stem with a stopper in the form of a carved wooden head. The string by which the head was secured to the calendar was frayed through and removed. (remnants placed inside). The interior possibly originally held a paper roll or similar. This is now lost I do not know the nature or use of the calendar."

[Stopper presently missing]

Bromley purchased from Old Ark, City Road (Sydney) - 7/9/84 - $17.

Source

Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program in memory of Associate Professor Allan Bromley, 2010

Acquisition Date

19 January 2010

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sumatran calander 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 7 February 2023, <https://ma.as/382858>

Wikipedia

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