This studio portrait shows a man wearing a suit embroidered with gold braiding down the front of his jacket and around his cuffs. He poses in a studio between a chair and table, resting his gloved hand on the table. Elaborately embroidered suits were a uniform of Javanese officials working in the government of the Dutch East Indies. Photography studios were established in Indonesia as early as the 1850s. Chinese studios dominated the market by the early 20th century, having established a presence not only in the major port cities of Surabaya, Semarang and Batavia, but also in rural villages further inland.

20th century
Surabaya, Indonesia
Image size: (Without frame) 80.0 x 58.5 cm, Image size: (With frame) 57.0 x 40.3 cm
Accession No.
silver gelatin paper
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Photographs and Negatives

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