Committee to Dutch Government: Return What was Stolen

by Sara Blad | 24 October 2020

Illustration by Elsa Money


The 36-carat Banjarmasin Diamond, formerly owned by the Sultan of Banjarmasin and now on display at the Rijksmuseum, ‘is war booty’. The Rijksmuseum’s object label describes how in 1859, Dutch troops ‘violently seized’ control of the diamond from the Indonesian sultanate in the midst of a battle of succession. Yet, nothing in the object label indicates if and how the Rijksmuseum intends to return the looted object to Indonesia. New government legislation may provide an answer.