It seems that the Radya Pustaka Museum in central Java has even more artefacts missing, this time a set of ancient scrolls. The museum was in the news last year when it was discovered that some of its bronze statues were fakes that were replaced by antiquities dealers.
A Cultureâ€™s Heritage Facing Ruin And a Museum Unable to Save It
05 May 2009, Jakarta Globe
The disappearance of ancient scrolls from the shelves of Soloâ€™s Radya Pustaka Museum is the latest incident to plague the museum and has raised concerns that the institution itself is at risk due to inadequate funding and a lack of professional management.
â€œThere are a great many books in the library that do not match the catalog,â€ says Soemarni Wijayanti, or Yanti, a museum employee who says the fact the scrolls were missing had only been discovered over the past year. The problem started when she was preparing materials for Nancy Gradat, a scholar from the United States, who was conducting research in the museum.
According to Yantiâ€™s inventory, the museum has 1,443 stamped or printed books and 480 handwritten books. She found that about 40 scrolls were missing.
â€œNancy was also shocked at the condition of several books that are damaged,â€ Yanti says. â€œWhat can we do? We have no way to preserve them.â€