Embassy Office, Beijing – China, 14th March 2003, Aminudin, an Independent Researcher of Asian art, was cordially invited by Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia to The People’s Republic of China in Beijing, Mr. A.A. Kustia to report his research and publishing of ancient Chinese ceramics found in Indonesia. The Ambassador and staff were friendly and welcomed Aminudin respectfully. Accompanied by his team, including Mr. Abu Ridho, Aminudin provided successfully progress of his research and evaluation, and he discussed with the Ambassador about his valuable research report. The purpose of his research and evaluation is to open new insights on awareness of cultural and diplomatic relationship between China and Indonesia through Chinese artworks starting from 9th to 19th centuries.
For more than six months, Aminudin, accompanied by his senior – Prof. Abu Ridho, conducted the research. He carefully traced and researched the artifacts and collections spreading to historic sites and judicious collectors around the remote regions in Indonesia. He conducted a clinical examination and interpretation of artifacts to be important clue on trade and diplomatic relationship between China and Indonesia in the past. Amin suggested that the creation of ancient Chinese artworks is about the creation of culture. This culture is closely related to history, religion, philosophy, and atmosphere surrounding the artists who created their artworks. Its culture contributed a huge influence to the next generation and its culture. Truly, throughout the cultural history of mankind, mostly Asian art objects were created for a certain purpose, either to communicate, reveal, record, entertain, clarify or enrich. For the reason, his research is not like guessing a game, but he examined the physically materials of object, brushstroke on decoration and design style, technique of the glaze, pattern, and shape that are consonant with its history, culture and philosophy of respective object created.
Therefore, his research also highlighted cultural history of Chinese artworks thoroughly reviewed in cultural and diplomatic history context. The relationship of diplomatic and cultural history between Srivijaya empire (Indonesia) and China dynasty was established since tens of centuries before European culture emerged and rapidly bloomed. It was remarked with religion and commerce relationship, particularly when two great Buddhism monks, Fa Hsien (China) and Gunawarman (Srivijaya), built a religious contact in early 5th century. After studying Buddhism in Sri Lanka, he departed in Srivijaya kingdom in 413 AD before Fa Hsien returned to his fatherland, China, by sea on May 413 AD.
The religion and diplomatic relationship among both countries is considered as an important milestone of Chinese artworks distribution in the archipelago. Located in Sumatera island, Srivijaya kingdom was one of Indonesia’s western islands between Sumatera and Malay Peninsula that had a narrow strait, Malacca Strait. It was a maritime and commercial center that facilitated trade and diplomatic relationship between China and India since before BC. Therefore, it is not wonderous that many Chinese and India artifacts dated to before BC were found in this fatherland.
Aminddin’s highly efforts in research and evaluation on Chinese artworks found in Archipelago was highly appreciated by Ambassador, Mr. A.A. Kustia. The ambassador complemented Aminudin on his letter, “Aminudin’s research would substantially represent that such historical artifacts are not only the possession of Indonesian and Chinese people, but also other international countries viewed from their presence of European countries during the last colony era. This archeological research – would expectedly – support the enlightenment of relationship of these two large countries. We should necessarily develop a synergy to encounter the challenge toward further in any aspects. Congratulation for Mr. Aminudin for his works and efforts.”
EVENT: The Research Report: Cultural and Relationship Awareness Among Two Countries Through Chinese Artworks.
DATE: 14th March 2003
PARTICIPANTS: Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia in Beijing.
HOSTED: Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia in Beijing.
VENUE: Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia in Beijing 4 Dongzhimen Outer St, Chaoyang, Beijing, China