8 Best Indonesia Souvenirs: Indonesian Antiques

An authentic antique (Latin: antiquus; ‘old’, ‘ancient’) is an item perceived as having value because of its aesthetic or historical significance and is often defined as at least 100 years old (or some other limit), although the term is often used loosely to describe any object that is old. An antique is usually an item that is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human history. Vintage and collectible are used to describe items that are old but do not meet the 100-year criterion.

Indonesian Antiques:
- Ancient Money
- Chinese Dynasty Jar or Urn
- Chinese Dynasty Cup or Bowl
- Statue
- Chandelier
- Charcoal Iron
- Keris
- Dakon

As we all know, the price of antiques has increased from year to year. Even collectors are willing to spend large amounts of money to get the antiques they want. Existing prices start from hundreds of thousands to reach billions of rupiah. Here are some types of antiques that are most sought after by collectors:  

  1. Ancient Money

Indonesia often experiences currency changes from year to year. From paper money to coins. In certain editions, banknotes are issued with different designs and colors. This makes old editions of money that are no longer in circulation into antiques interesting to collect.

Ancient Money from Indonesia

Ancient Money from Indonesia | Source: google.com

  1. Chinese Dynasty Jar or Urn

Jars are synonymous with antiques that have a high selling value. Especially if the jar comes from antiquity that has historical value. Although only small in size, the jar can be an antique with a very high value. Jars originating from China made in the 18th century are among the most expensive antiques.

Chinese dynasty jar or urn

Chinese dynasty jar or urn | Source: google.com

This antique jar has a height of 40cm, the price is around 612 billion.

  1. Chinese Dynasty Cup or Bowl

Antique bowls or saucers with unique designs are also often found in antique centers. Moreover, if the cup is a relic from the Chinese dynasty, it must have a high selling value. This bowl has a shape like an ordinary bowl in general, so what makes it an antique?

Chinese dynasty bowl

Chinese dynasty bowl | Source: google.com

This bowl, which is more than 900 years old, turns out to be from the Song dynasty of China, the price of this antique is around 140 billion.

  1. Statue

A historical statue made of gold, copper, and brass is one of the antiques with an aesthetic feel when placed in the room and illustrates the owner’s artistic taste.

Bronze Throned Buddha Statue

Bronze Throned Buddha Statue | Source: google.com

  1. Chandelier

As an Antique shop, we also like chandeliers or hoist lamps that have a hanging pendulum whose function is to raise and lower the position of the lamp.

Indonesian Antique Chandelier

Indonesian Antique Chandelier | Source: google.com

  1. Charcoal Iron

For those of you who still keep this thing, get ready to be rich. The longer the charcoal iron ages, the more expensive antiques it becomes.

Setrika Arang Jadul Ayam (perspektif) - Kaliuda Gallery, antique furniture Bali

Antique Indonesian Charcoal Iron | Source: Kaliuda Gallery Bali

  1. Keris

Keris is also one of the most expensive antiques, a kris that has a curved shape is a traditional Javanese weapon. The old keris is a type of antique that is most sought after by antique collectors in Indonesia.

Antique Indonesian Keris

Antique Indonesian Keris | Source: google.com

  1. Dakon

Dakon is an ancient children’s game, a board that gives a large basin on the right and left. It turns out that Dakon is an antique in Indonesia, Javanese people usually call it the Lambung Dakon.

Teak Wood Dakon

Teak Wood Dakon | Source: google.com

It’s not easy to find an eligible authentic curated antique shop. But in Kaliuda Gallery, you’re invited to browse our curated antiques displayed in our gallery. Visit us at Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai no.107 Denpasar-Bali. 

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