The Bronze Statue of Dai Bouts, Kamakura

Object Details

Title:

The Bronze Statue of Dai Bouts, Kamakura

Artist/Maker(s):

Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)

Culture:

British

Place(s):

Kamakura, Japan (Place created)

Date:

1863

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

22.9 x 29.4 cm (9 x 11 9/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

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The monumental sculpture of the Dai Bouts (Great Buddha) had been the centerpiece of a temple that was destroyed by a typhoon. It was an important attraction at Kamakura, and Beato was the first Westerner to photograph it. He posed himself in the scene, sitting on the stairs, while local men climbed the statue.

Exhibitions
Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (December 7, 2010 to May 6, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 7, 2010 to April 24, 2011, (Cat.)
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, (Tokyo), March 6 to May 6, 2012, (Cat.)