Unusual Ganesha statue discovered in Java

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An unusual 12th-century Ganesha statue was recovered by the Mpu Purwa Historical Object Preservation Center in East Java from a private collector. The statue is said to be unique in Indonesia because it depicts the elephant-headed god riding a mouse. It seems that many local archaeological treasures are in the hands of locals and even local hotels for use as mascots!

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Center recovers Ganesha statue
01 April 2009, Jakarta Post
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When archaeology clashes with religion

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Lest this post sounds like an ideological battle, it’s actually more… architectural. Renovations to a local mosque are preventing archaeologists from investigating the remains of the ancient kingdom of Singosari in Java, Indonesia. Archaeologists fear that the renovations might damage the foundations of two 12th-century walls located underneath the mosque.

Archaeologists lament neglect of historic Singosari town
Jakarta Post, 10 September 2008
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10th century Sanggurah Stone returns to Indonesia


A Javanese stone tablet that was taken by British colonialists in the early 19th century returns to Indonesia. The four-tonne stone dates to the Mataram Kingdom and carries an inscription in old Javanese. It is ascribed to the Javanese king, Sri Maharaja Rakai Pangkaja Dyah Wawa Sri Wijayalokanamottungga.

Ancient artifact to return to Indonesia
Jakarta Post, 24 Jan 2008

Indonesia negotiates return of ancient stone from Scotland
MSN News, 24 Jan 2008
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