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Views of Southeast Asia, circa 1870-circa 1910

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Views of Southeast Asia

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains 38 photographs, either albumen or gelatin silver prints, of archaeological sites, ruins, temples, stupas, and landscapes, as well as portraits of local and European residents in Southeast Asia.

Among the views of sites and monuments are the Buddhist ruins of Borobudur, Prambanan, Mendut, and Wringin Lawang in Central and East Java. Five photographs are annotated "Angier Java," but are mostly likely of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. There is one view of the Golden Palace Monastery in Myanmar (formerly Burma), one of a temple at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya in Thailand, and eight unidentified temples, stupas, and relief sculptures. Photographs of Java include two views of the mountain village of Tosari, one of the Tengger caldera, showing the smoking volcanoes Bromo and Semeru, and views of the aloon-aloon, or city square, and the Mas river in Surabaya. Portraits include a Thai (?) ruler wearing a tall crown and a priest holding a staff topped by a petaled mandala-like ornament.

Some items have brief English annotations written on the mount or verso in an unidentifed nineteenth-century hand. These have been used as titles for the photographs. Consequently, some titles may include language now considered to be racist or biased.


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