Reported by Nissa Fazalina Assidiq, grantee from Semarang State University (Semarang)
On September 16th, 2018, VDMI Grantees of RR Semarang was held a “Dolan Museum” activity at the Museum of Ranggawarsita Semarang which located on Jl. Abdul Rahman Saleh No. 1 Kalibanteng Kulon, Semarang, Jawa Tengah.
This activity was attended by four participants from Semarang State University namely Nissa Fazalina, Fatiha, Rosadi and Afifah. Through this activity, it is hoped that the Grantees in RR Semarang are enthusiastic to do gathering as a means of familiarizing themselves with one another. It also expected to increase the grantees insight into historical relics that have high historical value as well and later we can also spread it to other RR of VDMI so that they will inspire to hold similar events.
This museum is consisted of four buildings which each buildings has its own histories.
- A Building
The first floor of A building stores a vehicle for Geology and Geography. In this vehicle displays several types of rocks contained on the earth and meteorites found in the Mojogedang area, Karangayar in 1984. In the past, meteorites were used to mix pamor keris (traditional weapon). In addition, we can find writings about the division of times that ever existed on earth, some collections of interesting minerals and natural stones, various precious stones as well as stalactites and stalagmites.
The second floor of A building, presents a vehicle for Paleontology (about ancient times), some collections such as ancient wood fossils, ancient rocks and people as well as bones and animal parts of the past. There are also rare animals that are preserved such as bajing peluncur, babi hutan, kancil and rajawali.
- B Building
The first floor of B building contains cultural heritage and handicrafts from Hindu-Buddhist civilization. Some of them are exhibited such as Lingga and Yoni, statues, Ketongan, Kendhi, bronze mirrors, statues of Gods, and temples in Central Java. It also displays Islamic-style culture from miniatures of Agung Demak Mosque and Menara Kudus Mosque, ornamental art fragments, terracotta materials, calligraphy replicas, Mantingan Jepara mosque ornaments, Mustaka of Mayong Jepara mosque, handwritten of Holy Quran copies and a well chimney from Caruban Lasem which is very interesting.
The second floor presents a vehicle for ceramics and batik. It exhibits various types and models of ceramics both locally and from China and Europe. Various pottery crafts and methods for making them are also shown in a diorama or sculpture model. In the batik section, there are various batik motifs in Central Java such as Surakarta, Pekalongan, Lasem and Banyumasan.
- C Building
The first floor is divided into historical spaces of armed struggle which are further divided into collections of objects used during the fighting and diorama of the Indonesian struggle for independence. In addition, dioramas of battles that have occurred in Central Java and Jogjakarta are also displayed, such as the Semarang Five-Days Battle, Events of the Ambarawa Palagan, the PKI Rebellion in Cepu, Serangan Umum 1 Maret (March 1st General Attack) and the Tritura Movement. The second floor has a collection of traditional technology and crafts, industrial and transportation technology, and a variety of home-based models.
- D Building
The first floor exhibits about development, numismatic, heraldic, Nusantara tradition, quintessence and grants. The second floor is divided into art spaces which display collections of art objects and equipment that are separated into performing arts (various interesting knowledge about wayang), performing arts (various arts typical Javanese Kuda lumping, Barongan), and the art of music.
Thank you YVDMI, because of you, we have been able to realize positive activities that are useful and increase our knowledge.
Vol 80 | IX | 2018