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Jakarta Post

Auction to go ahead despite mounting protests

  • Nana Rukmana and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Cirebon/Semarang   /   Wed, May 5 2010   /  10:10 am

Shrugging off impassioned protests from royals and archaeologists, the government will press ahead with a plan to auction off millions of dollars worth of ancient artifacts recovered more than five years ago from a 1,000-year-old shipwreck in Cirebon waters, West Java.The recently crowned Sultan Sepuh XIV Pangeran Raja Adipati Arief Natadiningrat of the Cirebon Sultanate said Tuesday that the sultanate was deeply disappointed with the government’s decision to sell the artifacts, which includ ceramics from 10th century China, as well as precious gems and Persian glassware.The auction, organized by the National Committee for the Recovery of Sunken Treasure Ships, was scheduled to begin in Jakarta on Tuesday.“The big family of the Cirebon Kasepuhan Sultanate grieves deeply over the auction plan. The late Sultan XIII tried to prevent the auction by sending letters to the President and th...