Indonesia 2004 "Museums of Indonesia"

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Issue Date 29.02.2004
ID Michel: 2348-2351, Scott: 2057a-d, Stanley Gibbons: 2963-2967, Yvert et Tellier: 2068-2071, Category: pF
Design Designer of stamps: Arcom
Designer of FDC: Tata Sugiarta
Stamps in set 4
Value 1500 IDR - Transportation (Ships & Navigation) (Sailing ships) - Museum Bahari, Jakarta
1500 IDR - Minerology & Geology - Geological Museum, Bandung (Fossil Hippopotamus)
1500 IDR - Telecommunications - Museum Telekomunikasi, Jakarta
1500 IDR - Mankind, Fine Arts - Museum Sri Baduga, Bandung
Emission/Type commemorative
Issue places Bandung
Size (width x height) 42 x 24mm
Layout Sheet of 20
Products FDC x1
Perforation 13.50 x 12,75
Print Technique Offset lithography
Printed by AMG Security Printing
Issuing Authority Directorate General of Post and Telecommunication
Fossil on Museum stamps of Indonesia 2004

On February 29th, 2004, the Post Authority of Indonesia issued the set of four stamps "Museums of Indonesia". These stamps show some exhibits from various museums of Indonesia. One of the stamps is dedicate to the Bandung Geology Museum and show fossil of Hippopotamus.

The Bandung Geology Museum is the biggest and most complete museum in Indonesia of its kind. This Museum is founded on 16 May 1928 as a geological center, by the Dutch colonial Authority to store collected rocks, minerals and fossils.
This museum was renovated to its current look during 1999-2000, funded by JICA (Japan International Corporation Agency).
The museum is divided into three exhibitions:
  • Geology of Indonesia in the West wing
  • History of Life in the East wing
  • Geology for Human Life on the top floor
The museum has a large collection of fossils, of which about 6000 are on display and the other 250.000 are kept in a safe.
Postcard with images of Bandung Geology Museum, Indonesia
The fossil of a Blora Elephant (Elephas hysudrindicus) stands tall in the middle of the first hall. This male elephant lived 165,000 years ago and died at the age of 49. Its fossil was found in Blora district in 2009. The discovery of this fossil is extraordinary, since 85% of the fossils remain intact.

"The History of Life" room contain many fossils and replicas. The older fossil is Stromatolite from 3.5 billion years ago and Pre-Cambrian Trillobites.
The replica of Tyrannosaurus rex represents animals of Mesozoic Period.
The ancient mammals from Indonesia, such as elephant (Sinomastodon, Elephas, Stegodon) is on the display in Cenozoic Period corner.
At the end of the hall there is a room, exhibiting various replicas of ancient skulls, including the famous Java Man (Homo erectus) from Sangiran.

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