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ICONS OF ART;
THE COLLECTIONS OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDONESIA

General Editor: John N. Miksic
Photographer: Eky Tandyo


Hardcover
Size: 270 x 240 mm
Pages: 308 pp
ISBN: 978-979-8926-25-9
Price: US$ 34.95
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Synopsis

The wealth of visual cultures created by centuries of Indonesian men and women is presented in this volume, published on the occasion of a major expansion of the National Museum of Indonesia—affectionately known to the public as Museum Gajah (the Elephant Museum)—in the national capital of Jakarta.

Many of the museum’s treasures have never been exhibited due to lack of available space. Thus, the publication of this book is timely in providing readers with the opportunity to see some of the unique and beautiful objects in the national collection for the first time.

The Indonesian National Museum is one of the oldest in Asia, with a history dating back to the late 18th century. Its collections span an immense range in time and space, covering thousands of years of natural and human history, and thousands of islands scattered between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Through the museum’s historical objects, the complex history of the nation is revealed, opening a window to the diverse traditional cultures and ethnicities that have shaped Indonesia’s present identity.