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The ‘Lombok Treasure’, anonymous, before 1894

grinding, h 1.5cm × w 1cm More details

In 1894 Dutch troops captured the royal palace on the Indonesian island of Lombok. The native inhabitants had enlisted the help of the Netherlands, which used this as an excuse to further its colonial expansion. The troops took 230 kilograms of gold, 7000 of silver, and countless gemstones as booty. The scorched coins and bracelets on display are silent witnesses of the atrocities of war. Most of the ‘Lombok Treasure’ was returned to Indonesia in 1977.

On display in room 1.17