>Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, Serat Ambiya, 1844-51, European paper, pigment, gold leaf, 38.0 x 25.0 x 14.0 cm, Museum Sonobudoyo, Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Serat Ambiya 1844–51
European paper, pigment, gold leaf
38.0 x 25.0 x 14.0 cm

Museum Sonobudoyo, Yogyakarta


This Serat Ambiya manuscript is a compilation of stories from the lives of the one hundred Islamic Prophets. It begins with the creation of the world and concludes with the life of Muhammad, the final Prophet. The text was transcribed by a member of the Javanese aristocracy, Raden Aryo Suryo Misena, of Jogjakarta (also written Yogyakarta) who began the book in 1844 and completed it in 1851. Motifs adorning this manuscript include elephants, naga serpents and people depicted in the Javanese elongated wayang style.