Odoric travelled to Java around 1316-1318 and from what little I have read he gives a interesting description. "The King of this island hath a palace which is truly marvellous. For it is very great, and hath very great staircases, broad and lofty, and the steps thereof are of gold and silver alternately. Likewise the pavement of the palace hath one tile of gold and the other of silver, and the wall of the same is on the inside plated all over with plate of gold, on which are sculptured knights all of gold, which have great golden circles round their heads, such as we give in these parts to the figures of saints. And these circles are all beset with precious stones. Moreover, the ceiling is all of pure gold, and to speak briefly, this palace is richer and finer than any existing at this day in the world."
"Java by name which hath a compass of a good three thousand miles."
Odoric writes of knights with great circles painted around their heads. Do you know anything along these lines?
Odoric goes on to describe the sea to the south as "the Dead Sea, and the water whereof runneth ever towards the south, and if any one falleth into that water he is never found more."
Interesting theory thanks.