black lac?

Venetia Kotamraju venetia.ansell at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 31 02:41:50 UTC 2012

Dear list,
In a verse in the Madhuravijayam, at nightfall a day is said to seal the
lotus bud (which is as it were a chest) with a lakṣma jātuṣam in the form
of a bee.   Jātuṣa is a kind of lac as far as we know, but if that is the
case how can it be the same colour as a bee?  Is there a very dark red lac
that could be taken for black, or is this instead a different substance -
like perhaps a wax?
The verse is:


बहिरालीनमधुव्रतच्छलात् ।


दिनलक्ष्मीरिव लक्ष्म जातुषम् ॥
I would be grateful for any thoughts.
Thank you

Venetia Kotamraju
+91 997230 5440

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