Item a033374 - The thousand armed Kannon, Sanjūsangen-dō, Kyoto

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The thousand armed Kannon, Sanjūsangen-dō, Kyoto

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  • [ca. 188-] (Creation)
    Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部金兵衛)

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1 photograph : full colour tint lantern slide ; 8 x 8 cm

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(1841 - 1934)

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Born in Kōfu, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan in 1841, Kusakabe Kimbei was one of the most successful photographers in nineteenth century Japan. In the 1860s, he assisted Felix Beato, the Italian-British photographer, who was one of the first photographers to work in Asia, and also worked with the Austrian Baron Raimund von Stillfried based in Yokohoma. By 1880, Kusakabe had opened his own studio in Yokohama. After Stillfried left Japan, Kusakabe acquired some of Beato’s and Stillfried’s negatives and made prints and told them along with his own photographs.

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: Item is a photograph of rows of the thousand armed Kannon or Bodhisattva figures at the Sanjūsangen-dō, a Buddhist temple officially known as Rengeō-in (Hall of the Lotus King) in Kyoto, Japan. This temple was a popular subject, and several photographers of the time took similar photos.

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March 24, 2015-Description written by Steve Weisman

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  • Box: James Davidson collection