These important images were exhibited at David Jones stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
A set of these images was acquired by the South Australian Library and they were also shown at Jakarta’s Shangri-la Hotel on a South Australian government trade mission.
We are proud to now follow in the footsteps of the Timor Nurses Fund, which was supported by exhibitions in Melbourne and Adelaide.
The Orientalists were Western master artists who travell ed and recorded life in the pre-photographic world of South-east Asia, West Asia and the Middle East.
These rare South East Asian Art Nouveau watercolours were painted by a European artist in 1890 and the individual dance poses were faithfully coloured and restored to their original elegance and printed on archival quality paper.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, as their form of divine service, these female palace dancers performed for neither fame nor monetary reward. The dancers, trained in martial arts, quietly averted any danger to the sultan and his visiting dignitaries.