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Title:  Diabatsu, the Great Buddha of Kamakura
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898), photographer
Date:  ca. 1887
Description:  Bronze statue of Amida Buddha at Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura.
Dimensions:  19 x 24 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Kotokuin (n.d.), Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Kamakura-shi, Japan
Topics:  Buddhas; Buddhist sculpture; statues
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on album page.
Note:  Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1948.
Historical: Ernest Goodrich Stillman, the son of American financier and banker James Stillman, earned his BA from Harvard in 1908 and his MD from Columbia in 1913. He worked at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research from 1915-1949. A generous benefactor of Harvard University, he had many interests, including photography and collecting Japanese art and literature. Italian adventurer Adolfo Farsari owned the last important Western photography studio in Japan. Born in Italy, he immigrated to the United States in 1863 where he married, served in the Union army, and became an American citizen. Following the death of his second son, he left home and spent the next five years traveling before moving to Japan in 1873. Farsari taught himself photography and opened his own studio in 1885 when he acquired the stock and negatives of Stillfried & Anderson. In 1890, he left Japan and returned to Italy.
Inscription: Inscribed below image: Buddha at Nara.
Citation/References: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. ID 4250.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  From the album: Photographs relating to Japan, vol. 3, p. 21
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
KH 1755
Record Identifier: olvwork537845
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