Navigation

De Bergvlaket van Pantar ~ c.1890

čReturn to Previous Page
Description

Product Description

De Bergvlaket van Pantar

A majestic view of the Pantar region of west central Sumatra land of the Minangkabau. This serene setting was the scene of bloody revolt generated by the puritanical Padri movement. The Padri used violence to bring the Minangkabau inlo their fold. But the Dutch considered the group fanatics and subdued them in the long Padri War that lasted from 1821 to 1838. The Padri had a profound influence on the Minangkabau people, who have remained fervent Muslims. The spectacular west wall of this valley rises 150 meters. The tip of the Singgalang volcano can be seen in the background.

Antique school board of De Bergvlaket van Pantar.    Taken c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland.

This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies were originally published as part of an information series for school children. It consisted of 170 educational prints and covered a diverse range of subjects, separated into two parts: numbers 1-150 depicted places and people in the Dutch East Indies and numbers 151-170 depicted places and people in the Dutch West Indies. The first 150 photographs of the collection are attributed to the photographer Jean Demmeni (1866-1939), whose pictures provided the Dutch public with some of the first photographic depictions of the colonies that they had read so much about. Demmeni was born in Padang Panjang in West Sumatra, the son of a native woman of the island of Madura and a Frenchman who had left his country to join the Dutch East Indies Army. Demmeni followed in his father Ļs footsteps and, after technical training in Holland, entered the Third Infantry Regiment in 1887. He was seconded to the topographic unit of the armed forces and in 1894 was assigned as the official photographer to an expedition to Borneo led by Dr. A.W. Nieuwenhuis. Demmeni was then employed by the Topographical Service at Batavia from 1911 until 1920, after which he worked as a photographer at the Central Office of Dactyloscopy. In the biography of Jean Demmeni Indonesia: Image s of the Past (Singapore: 1987), Leo Haks described him as  Ļone of the first photographers Ļ to capture the islands of the Indonesian archipelago, and called his work a ‚Äėvital contribution to Indonesian history and the art of photography‚Äô which  Ļprovides a comprehensive record of the Indonesian islands at the turn of the century, unmatched in its singular insights Ļ. This selection of photographs shows interesting details around the expansion of industries such as tobacco (a lucrative export) in the area, and the local processes of production. The group also records the religious influences in the region, showing Islamic and Christian presences in local communities. Islam had been established in Indonesia since the fourteenth century, and colonial European settlers had ushered in a new phase of Christian proselytising around the Pacific Ocean ‚Äď one which was frequently characterised by notorious insensitivity towards the indigenous population. However, these photographs demonstrate the more tolerant educational interest being taken at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Measures; 72 x 60 cm. ( complete board )

Purchase code: KB5

Price on request.

Product Enquiry

Product Enquiry

Related Products

49. Staatssteenkolenbedriji te Sawah Loento

49. Staatssteenkolenbedriji te Sawah Loento   Antique school board of¬†Staatssteenkolenbedriji te Sawah Loento¬†c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies was originally published as part of an...

90. Goedsmeden in Atjeh

90. Goedsmeden in Atjeh Antique school board of Goedsmeden in Atjeh   Taken c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. One rare ancient that has virtually vanished in Indonesia since Demmeni made this...

88. Handelswijk te Buitenzorg

88. Handelswijk te Buitenzorg Antique school board of Handelswijk te Buitenzorg   Taken c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies was originally published as part of an...

81. Eggen van Natte Rijstvelden met Buijels

81. Eggen van Natte Rijstvelden met Buijels Antique school board of Eggen van Natte Rijstvelden met Buijels.   Taken c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies...

97. Rijstcultuur. Het stampen van de padi.

97. Rijstcultuur. Het stampen van de padi. Antique school board of Rijstcultuur. Het stampen van de padi .c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland.   The Regent of Blitar in East Java posed...

Woning van een Regent. ~ c.1890

21. Woning van een Regent Antique school board of Woning van een Regent. Taken c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies was originally published as part of...

98. Rijstcultuur. Het oogsten.

98. Rijstcultuur. Het oogsten. Women harvesting rice in a ripe paddy field are a common sight in Java and other Indonesian islands.  Using their right hand they employ a sharp or ani ani attached to...

84. Visch Spietzende binnen een zegen

84. Visch Spietzende binnen een zegen Antique school board of Visch Spietzende binnen een Zegen   Taken c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. Canoes were the main means of transportation and often...

55. Wilhelmina Straat te Soekaboemi

55. Wilhelmina Straat te Soekaboemi Antique school board of Wilhelmina Straat te Soekaboemi c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies was originally published as part of an...

Gardens of Bogor, Buitenzorg. ~ 1890

27. ‘s Lands Plantentuin, Buitenzorg Antique school board of¬†‘s Lands Plantentuin, Buitenzorg¬†Taken c.1895 and published between 1912 and 1914 in Holland. This photograph depicting the Dutch East Indies was originally published as part of an...
Back to top