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Hundreds of Indonesian artifacts on display in Belgium museum

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, October 26, 2017  /  05:04 pm
Hundreds of Indonesian artifacts on display in Belgium museum

Flying from Sulawesi, the makers of ancient ship Padewakang pose in front of their masterpiece. The exhibition, currently being held at La Boverie Museum in Liege, Belgium, is part of Europalia Arts Festival Indonesia 2017. (instagram.com/museum_nasional_indonesia/File)

Up to 248 Indonesian artifacts are on display at La Boverie Museum in Liege, Belgium, as part of Europalia Arts Festival Indonesia 2017.

Titled Kingdoms of the Sea Archipelago, the exhibition is set to run for more than two months until Jan. 21, 2018.

According to Antara news agency, the artifacts come from the collections of the National Museum in Jakarta and other museums in Indonesia, such as Central Java, South Sumatera, Jambi and Bali.

Intended to describe Indonesia’s maritime history, the exhibition is divided into several sections according to the timeline, starting from the ancient period and pre-modern period, to the early modern period and modern period.

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The pre-modern period section, for instance, displays artifacts related to maritime expansion in the past and influenced by traders from India. The period is said to be the peak of the acculturation phase and the time when Indonesia's ancient kingdoms rose, namely Kutai, Tarumanegara and Sriwijaya. Among the artifacts being exhibited are ships, sculptures, ancient maps and inscriptions made during the era of the aforementioned kingdoms.

Prior to the exhibition, a seven-meter high ship named Padewakang, known as the ancestor of the famous phinisi ship, was constructed at the museum by traditional ship makers from Sulawesi. 

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (wir/kes)