Museums expose treasures of the past

This feature in the Jakarta Post talks about the different museums in Jakarta – the National Museum, the Jakarta History Museum, the Wayang Museum and the Arts and Ceramic Museum are some of the 50 museums in Indonesia’s capital.

Museums expose treasures of the past
Jakarta Post, 13 January 2008

For my part, I would really like to visit the National Museum.

he collection also holds archaeological, ethnographic, numismatic/heraldic and historical items. Many archaeological artefacts, such as statues of Hindu deities and temple reliefs, were influenced by Indian culture and found in East and Central Java. The 8th-century Durga Mahesasuramardhini and the 9th-century Shiva Mahadewa — the supreme god of Shivaite-Hinduism — and the famous 9th-century Ganesha, god of science, are a few examples.

You can read the full story here.

Related books:
Icons of Art: The Collections of the National Museum of Indonesia by J. N. Miksic
Museum Treasures of Southeast Asia by B. Campell
Museums Of Southeast Asia by I. Lenzi

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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