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Jalur Rempah exhibition: Grand display of Sriwijaya's glory

Asmara Wreksono
Asmara Wreksono

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, November 4, 2017 | 04:41 pm
  • Information on how Sriwijaya became the center of civilization is displayed in an informative and interesting way.

    Information on how Sriwijaya became the center of civilization is displayed in an informative and interesting way. OF Jalur Rempah/Faizal Jabbar

    Information on how Sriwijaya became the center of civilization is displayed in an informative and interesting way.

  • Artifacts are on display in the sea sovereignty area.

    Artifacts are on display in the sea sovereignty area. OF Jalur Rempah/Faizal Jabbar

    Artifacts are on display in the sea sovereignty area.

  • The exhibition's historiography is also on display for visitors to see.

    The exhibition's historiography is also on display for visitors to see. OF Jalur Rempah/Faizal Jabbar

    The exhibition's historiography is also on display for visitors to see.

  • Visitors are swept away to Muaro Jambi and Muaro Takus, reliving the glory of the Sriwijaya empire.

    Visitors are swept away to Muaro Jambi and Muaro Takus, reliving the glory of the Sriwijaya empire. OF Jalur Rempah/Faizal Jabbar

    Visitors are swept away to Muaro Jambi and Muaro Takus, reliving the glory of the Sriwijaya empire.

  • Kota Kapur inscription on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    Kota Kapur inscription on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Kota Kapur inscription on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • An exhibit at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    An exhibit at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    An exhibit at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • An display of how the Sriwijaya sea tribe lived on the empire's glory days.

    An display of how the Sriwijaya sea tribe lived on the empire's glory days. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    An display of how the Sriwijaya sea tribe lived on the empire's glory days.

  • Receiving area at the exhibition.

    Receiving area at the exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Receiving area at the exhibition.

  • A visitor takes pictures of monks' figurines at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    A visitor takes pictures of monks' figurines at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    A visitor takes pictures of monks' figurines at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • Sea soverignty wall at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    Sea soverignty wall at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Sea soverignty wall at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • I-Tsing history wall.

    I-Tsing history wall. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    I-Tsing history wall.

  • Artefacts from Sriwijaya glory on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    Artefacts from Sriwijaya glory on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Artefacts from Sriwijaya glory on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • Ecology glory in Sriwijaya times.

    Ecology glory in Sriwijaya times. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Ecology glory in Sriwijaya times.

  • A visitor takes pictures of spices on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    A visitor takes pictures of spices on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    A visitor takes pictures of spices on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • Inscription on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    Inscription on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Inscription on display at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • Sea sovereignty wall at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

    Sea sovereignty wall at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Sea sovereignty wall at the Kedatuan Sriwijaya: The Great Maritime Empire exhibition.

  • Sriwijaya soldiers figurines.

    Sriwijaya soldiers figurines. OF JP/Seto Wardhana

    Sriwijaya soldiers figurines.

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Once the world’s greatest center of civilization, knowledge and trade, the Sriwijaya empire most recently became the focus of an exhibition titled, “Kedatuan Sriwijaya: the Great Maritime Empire."

The exhibition concludes a series of events created by PT Jalur Rempah Nusantara, which includes journalistic reports, television programs and a documentary film, Banda, the Dark Forgotten Trail, which premiered earlier this year.

Officiated by Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, PT Jalur Rempah president director Luki Wanandi and director Liliek Oetama on Friday at the National Museum Jakarta, it is slated to run from Nov. 4 to Nov. 28. 

Luki said in his opening remarks: “We are inspired by President Joko ['Jokowi'] Widodo’s speech, which stated that Indonesia must be the world’s main maritime axis with an Indonesian identity.”

He added, “We present this exhibition as a [reminder] of how we once reigned on our seas. We can see the future by learning our history.”

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who also gave a speech in the opening night, aligns the spirit of Sriwijaya’s glory with the current government’s effort to increase Indonesia’s spice trade and economic growth in general.

Upon arrival at the National Museum, visitors are greeted in the Sriwijaya Aneka Rupa (The many faces of Sriwijaya) foyer. Moving forward, visitors get acquainted with I-Tsing, a monk who recorded the history of Sriwijaya. 

Two important inscriptions, Kota Kapur and Kedukan Bukit, are presented in the next area, which continues on to the ship technology area, where visitors can see how advanced Sriwijaya’s ship-building techniques were.

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In the next area, which presents sea sovereignty, visitors will see artifacts that reflect the core theme of the exhibition, which is international trade.

Sriwijaya’s sophisticated takes on pluralism and education are also highlighted, as well as culture.

The exhibition comprises a total of 18 areas, each designed with eye-pleasing visuals. Knowledgeable docents are on standby in each area to answer any lingering questions. 

Although the glory of Sriwijaya remains the focus of the exhibition, the fall of the empire is also presented in a unique way.

“It’s a call for contemporary artists [to interpret] the fall [of Sriwijaya] and the maritime world,” head of exhibition and content director, Hani Fibianti, told The Post.

R.E. Hartanto, Michael Binuko and Anusapati are among the contemporary artists brought by Rachel Gallery, whose works are displayed in the Jalur Rempah Exhibition.

Kedatuan Sriwijaya: the Great Maritime Empire exhibition is open for the general public and free of charge. For more information, visit https://www.museumnasional.or.id/ and http://jalurrempah.com/.

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