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The Bronze Statue of Dai Bouts, Kamakura
Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)
Kamakura, Japan (Place created)
Albumen silver print
22.9 x 29.4 cm (9 x 11 9/16 in.)
Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
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.