A Javanese woman praying in thanks for rice. Coloured photograph by E.T. Sheaf, 191-.

  • Sheaf, Egbert Thomas, 1869-1948.
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About this work


Another photograph of the same subject is captioned by the photographer "a prayer of thanks to Dewi Sri for her gift – By the will of Allah – of rice to the house. No rice is ever received into the home without this ceremony being performed by the housewife". Dewi Sri is the Javanese goddess of rice and fertility



Physical description

1 photograph : photoprint, matte silver gelatin, with watercolour ; sheet 7.9 x 13.9 cm


One photograph in a series of photographs documenting the cultivation of rice in Java. The others are contained in an album with the photographer's annotations (Bernard Quaritch Ltd., China in print, Hong Kong 20-22 November 2015, no. 34a-34g)


Wellcome Collection 2856766i

Creator/production credits

By Egbert Thomas Sheaf, who was born in Southampton, England, in 1869, and died in Kera, Australia, in 1948. He travelled widely in China, Java, Ceylon, Australia and Europe. His appointment as Australian Trade Commissioner in Singapore was reported in the Straits Times of 2 December, 1922

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