No one knows for sure when was the idea of looking for this treasure came first. But according to local residents, the phenomenon of looking for treasure arose since the era of the 1980s. For decades the locals of Jemaja Island, Anambas Islands District, have a habit of becoming treasure hunters. The form can be antiques made of gold, plates to keris. There is no museum, the goods are forced to care for themselves until there are buy.
Riau islands are known for centuries as the busiest trading straits that connect Eastern Asia and Australia to the India and beyond. The origin of Riau Islands name comes from the name “Riau”. Riau is allegedly derived from the word “riuh” which in Malay means loud or noisy. This is because the area of the Riau Islands was once a center of trade and crowd. Then this name developed with the use of the name Riau in the name of the Sultanate of Lingga. In the colonial period, the name Riau was changed to Riouw.
“In 1984 I first looked for antiques,” said Sapri (65), a resident of Batu Berapit Village, Jemaja, Monday (9/4/2018).
Jemaja 34 years after the phenomenon remains the same. Sunday (8/4/2018) ago, 50 residents looking for antiques in Kampung Tukik, Mampok Village, District Jemaja. Of the 50 treasure hunters, only one has managed to find a pile of antiques of 15 dishes and a bowl. Nine of them are still intact, the rest broke. All the findings were stored in the house of a resident who managed to find, his name Sopian.
Objects believed ancient objects were forced to be treated residents. There is no museum in Anambas. As a result, not infrequently the inventor of the object offers his findings to the collector of antiques. “It would be nice for the government to buy these antiques,” said the village chief of Batu Berapit Umar.
Umar also has a hobby looking for treasure. When he finished duty in the village office every day he went looking for antiques. Umar never found a blue bowl that does not know the age of making the bowl. He estimates the goods he and his citizens found hundreds of years ago. “The bowl is still stored at home well,” said Umar.
The findings of antiques in Jemaja are not the first. Every year there are only findings. In one of the houses, there is a collection of antiques. So many, prepared a special table. The forms are various, anti-stale dishes, treasure chests, heirloom kris to the iron iron. There are also documents that are believed to be diplomas and passports in the Dutch colonial era.
These objects were exhibited when the selection event MTW 2017 in Sulaiman Abdullah Square, Tarempa. At that time, there are collectors from Malaysia who bid anti-stale plate with the price Rp150 million but rejected the inventor.
Seeing the many ancient objects, not strange if every day off many Jemaja citizens who became treasure hunters. Some make it a hobby, there is also a job. Locals call the activity “Beautify”. “If you have tried once” mengantik “it will be addicted,” said Sapri.
Sapri remember very well one of the findings that make Jemaja excited. It happened when Indonesia was hit by the monetary crisis around 1999. At that time people were surprised by the discovery of gold when the contractor open access road access Village Mampok Jemaja District. Citizens reconciled to search for the treasure, but the results of the search depends on the fate as well.
After that the residents were surprised again the invention of antiques such as bowls, dishes and some even get sharp weapon-shaped kris that reads the origin of the Majapahit kingdom. They were astonished that the origin of the antiques could arrive in the Jemaja region.
“We do not understand exactly, the origin of these goods can exist in this Jemaja region. The possibility of a stopover for foreign citizens who use sailboats at that time, “he said.
Sabri analysis can be true. Anambas is not far from Indochina land and is an international trade route. Referring to history, the Dutch government also built a lighthouse in the 18th century in this archipelago to maintain the traffic flow of merchant ships from various countries.
If the antiques of bowls, plates and other glassware in each of the found items are written in the language of origin of the Chinese state. Antiques that have been found are also sold, the issue of the sale price depends on the negotiations between buyers and sellers.
“Strange but it’s on the island of Jemaja antiques and treasures. If you want to try to participate mengantik come with us later in the afternoon, “said Sabri.