The Bronze Statue of Dai-Bouts Daibutsu (the Great Buddha) of Kamakura
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Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

Felice Beato
British, Kamakura, Japan, 1863
Albumen silver print
9 x 11 9/16 in.

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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.