Title: Plateau-Diëng (‘Dieng plateau’)
Creator: Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, Winckelmann & Söhne
Description: Lithograph of the Dieng plateau on the island of Java, Indonesia. It is a marshy plateau in the Dieng volcanic complex. To the left of the picture is one of the Dieng temples – there are eight of these, but it is thought that in the past there were as many as 400, built during the 7th-9th centuries. When they were rediscovered in the 19th century, they were partially submerged in a lake.
Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, a German-Dutch botanist, came to Java as a surgeon in the Dutch colonial army whilst fleeing a ten year prison sentence for murdering a rival in a duel. He settled on the island and lived there for most of the rest of his life, making extensive studies of the land and its people.
This image was drawn by Junghuhn and lithographed by Winckelmann & Söhne. It was published in Junghuhn’s Landschaften-Atlas zu Java, which accompanied his four volume Java: deszelfs gedaante, bekleeding en inwendige struktuur (Java: its shape, vegetation cover and inner construction), (Amsterdam: PN Van Kampen, 1850-1854).
Image reference: 09-20a
Recommended print size: Up to 20 x 16 inches (50 x 40cm)