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Jakarta Post

Ancient relic to return from Scotland

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 25 2008   /  10:00 pm

A thousand-year-old stone tablet known as the Sanggurah Stone, or more commonly the "Minto" stone, is expected to be returned to its home in Indonesia from Scotland before the end of 2008. The historical artifact originated from Malang, East Java, weighs around three tons and is two meters tall. It is held in Roxburghshire, Scotland. It has been part of a family collection belonging to the former British Governor General of India, Lord Minto, after being presented to him by British Governor Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in the early 19th century. The primeval stone tablet bears an ancient inscription dated 982 AD along with the name of a Javanese king, Sri Maharaja Rakai Pangkaja Dyah Wawa Sri Wijayalokanamottungga, who ruled over Malang at that time. "The Minto Stone is an important historical artifact and a crucial source of information. It contains the history of the Mat...