Category: Indonesia

It is made of pure gold, so its not just large but heavy too. Also I am not quite sure how it would stay on.

Made in Tulungagung during Java’s Late Classic Period, 1000s to 1300s CE.

from Java (Indonesia) in the first half of the 900s CE.

Seriously, how do you put this dagger away without scrapping the edges, wearing down the sharpness each time?

Despite its impractical sheath, this is a truly beautiful piece of art. Bali, Indonesia, early 1700s. Made with iron-nickel alloy, silver, gold, and wood.

On the Indonesian island of Borneo, in the remote mountains of the province of East Kalimantan, lives the world’s oldest depiction of an animal. Or rather, three animals. A painting of three cows covers a wall inside the Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave. And one cow appears to have a spear in its flank. Dating back 40,000 years, they are now considered the oldest known figurative painting. We have older paintings, but they depict abstract shapes, not real-life objects.

33 color snaps that capture everyday life of Bali, Indonesia in the early 1950s.

These faces represent ordinary people who lived in Indonesia a few centuries ago. Most represent men and women who lived in the  Majapahit kingdom (circa 1293 CE –early 1500s), centered in East Java. A mighty kingdom, grown rich from trade through the area in spices, the Majapahit kingdom brought its citizens to a new level of material prosperity.

Most Majapahit terra-cotta heads, including the first two in the image gallery, are found detached from their bodies, which seem to survive only rarely. The sole “complete” figure in this group is assembled from a head and body that did not originally belong together.

Courtesy of the Sackler Gallery

45 beautiful pictures that capture everyday life of Indonesia in 1975.

A young orangutan sits behind the wheel of a Dutch army jeep, Indonesia, 1947

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A “Made in China” label stamped onto two ceramic boxes hauled up from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Java Sea is proof the ship went down a century earlier than previously believed. Yeah, I was confused too. The shipwreck was previously thought to have happened in the mid- to late-1200s. Now, new radiocarbon dating combined with the exact wording of the bureaucratic jargon on the “Made in China” label puts the real timing of the wreck during the second half of the 1100s.

Here’s the evidence: The inscription, in Chinese characters, read, “Jianning Fu Datongfeng Wang Chengwu zhai yin.” That describes where the ceramic boxes were made, the prefecture of Jianning Fu in Fujian Province.

“Fu” was an administrative word indicating a certain bureaucratic level of prefecture, and that little word turned out to be the key to the puzzle. Jianning Fu got its name in 1162, during the Southern Song dynasty. In 1278, the Yuan dynasty took over and renamed the prefecture Jianning Lu, indicating another bureaucratic level. The ceramic boxes therefore must have been manufactured between 1162 and 1278. They could only have been shipped when Jianning Fu had that precise government name.

And a re-do of earlier radiocarbon dating, with more samples, narrows the wreck down further to the late 1100s.