A treasure of Rama V

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via The Nation, 02 November 2018: Exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Textile Museum showcases royal textiles from the Javanese court.

The batik collection of King Chulalongkorn from the central Javanese principalities of Yogyakarta and Surakarta allures with distinctive shades of blue and brown and even some “forbidden motifs” reserved for the nobility.

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Indonesian Museum seeks additional funds

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What is the cost of maintaining the Radya Pustaka Museum in Surakarta? The museum, which turns 120 next year, houses a wide range of artefacts from Indonesia including ancient sculpture and a large collection of ancient books. The museum is seeking to increase its funding from 197 million rupiah (USD20,000) to 300 million (USD31,000) in order to maintain its current collections.

Radya Pustaka Museum


Radya Pustaka Needs Rp 300 Million

Tempo Interaktif, 29 October 2009
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Museum theft: implicated business man pledges cooperation

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25 November 2007 (Jakarta Post) – A further development to the museum theft story, the businessman who owns the house where some of the stolen statues were found in pledges his cooperation.

Hashim wants to cooperate, says lawyer
Blontank Poer

Hashim Djojohadikusumo’s lawyer said Saturday that the businessman had pledged his cooperation to the ongoing police investigation into the theft of artifacts from the Radya Pustaka Museum in Surakarta, Central Java.

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Museum theft ring busted in Indonesia

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22 November 2007 (Jakarta Post, BBC) – A museum theft ring was uncovered in Surakarta, in Java, Indonesia, involving several staff members of a museum who have been selling the museum’s collections and replacing them with copies. The stolen artefacts are Hindu-Buddhist statues from Indonesia’s classical period, dating back to the 13th century.

Police break up internal theft racket at museum
by Suherdjoko

Several staff including a curator from Surakarta’s Radya Pustaka Museum have admitted to an internal theft racquet involving up to 13 century-old statues, after police acted on a former-staff member’s report.

Central Java Police said Wednesday they had recovered from a businessman’s home in Jakarta five of historical statues stolen from the museum.

Each statue had been replaced at the museum with fakes.

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