About This Image

The style of the image resembles those taken by Kassian Cephas and his son Sem in Borobudur in 1890: photos taken from the temple’s upper terrace with the landscape in the background. However the writing on most Cephas images is somewhat different than this one. Sem helped his father to photograph Borobodur, and it is likely this image was taken by him.

Kassian Cephas retired in 1904 and died in 1911. Sem died in an accident in 1918. That was the end of the family photographic business.

The old writing for Borobudur was Boroboedoer in one word, or sometimes in two words like on the back of this image's mount. My thanks to Pascale Jacquemin for her help with this information.

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Boro-Boedner Temple, Java
Sem Cephas (attributed to) Boro-Boedner Temple, Java

Price $400
Sale Price $280

Main Image

Ref.# 15623

Medium Albumen print

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1890c  Print Date 1890c

Dimensions 8-5/16 x 10-5/8 in. (211 x 270 mm)

Photo Country Java

Photographer Country Java


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