Remnants of a Dutch Photo Album

My ongoing pursuits on photography in Indonesia led me to another unique discovery on ebay.

I recently acquired two photographs pulled from a Dutch photo album from the early 20th century, mostly from the 1920’s.  The above is a photograph of I Ketut Maria, usually known as Mario.  He is performing a dance he originally choreographed, called Kebyar Duduk (duduk means sitting).

There is apart of me that wants to think these pictures were made by Walter Spies.  The timing is right, and they look like photographs he might have made for his important book co-written by Beryl de Zoete, Dance and Drama in Bali.  I suppose that is probably wishful thinking, but regardless, these are delightful little photographs.


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