H. Ling Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. 7. Borneo.
are in daily communication with the natives, to make enquiries, the results of which would be looked forward to with interest.
The Writing on the Bottom of the Chinese Jar, Referred to by Prof, de la Couperie. (See supra, Chap. XXVIII.)
The above remarks on writing appeared in the Internationales Archiv. fur Ethnographie, xi. 57, when Dr. H. Kern, of Leiden, kindly added the following note :a
" There can be no doubt that writing in former times was known to the inhabitants of some parts of Borneo, but it is equally true, as it has been remarked by Mr. Ling Roth, that there is no proof of any connection between
those people who made use of writing and the present Dayak tribes. The Sanscrit inscriptions of Kutei are of Hindu origin, of course, and not produced by Dayaks. The inscription on the bottom of the vase published by Dr. A. B-Meyer has quite recently been treated of anew in the splendid publication, " Die Mangainenschrift von Mindoro, herausgegeben von A. BA Meyer und A. Schadenberg, special bearbeitet von W. Foy " (Fig. 4). The result is that the characters belong to one of the Philippine alphabets, the Mangain writing of Mindoro.
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