via Art News, 20 October 2022: Among the cultural objects Indonesia wants repatriated are the Lombok treasure, taken at the end of the 19th century, and the remains of the Java Man and associated fossils.
The Indonesian government has formally requested the return of multiple large collections of natural history and art objects from the Netherlands, including the world-famous remains known as “Java Man.”
The Indonesian government sent the Netherlands a list of items in July that it has classified as looted during colonization and due for repatriation. That list, which was sent to the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, was shared publicly by the chairman of the Indonesian repatriation mission last week, according to the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw.
The request from the Indonesian government follows a Dutch advisory report issued in 2020 which strongly recommended the Netherlands “unconditionally” offer to return cultural pieces taken from former Dutch colonies back following requests from their place of origin.
Source: Indonesia Calls For Return Of ‘Java Man,’ and Countless Art and Natural Historical Objects, From Netherlands – ARTnews.com
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