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Malayan relics stolen from museum

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

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Pekanbaru   /   Thu, March 23 2017   /  12:49 am

A museum in Pekanbaru, Riau, reported on Wednesday that it had lost seven artifacts that date from historic Malay sultanates in a robbery that is suspected to have involved its own officials.

Sang Nila Utama Museum, which is home to thousands of centuries-old artifacts from Islamic sultanates in the province, reported the loss of three Malayan kris, a Malayan sword, a gold-painted plate and a jug. In particular, the kris from Indragiri Hulu regency, which had a handle made of wood and ivory and a blade made of silver, was kept inside a room on the second floor of the museum.

Riau and Riau Islands were home to several Islamic sultanates from the 15th to 19th centuries that depended on trade over the Malacca Strait with other kingdoms in the region.

The items were among 119 artifacts that have not been put on display because of limited space.

Museum head Sri M...