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Fangguangyan monastery, Fujian province, China: two Buddhist priests. Photograph by John Thomson, 1870-1871.

  • Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921.
Date
1870-1871
Reference
19528i
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Description

Two men, the older sitting, the younger standing, beside a table on which stands a statue of the Buddha. An interior with carved screens

Fangguanyan monastery was located in Yongtai county about 30 kilometres from Fuzhou, on the upper reach of the Min River. It was for Thomson the most interesting of all the sites near Fuzhou. During his visit he befriended the three monks dwelling there. The old priest shown in this photograph was blind and, according to Thomson, quite infirm. The younger one however was an 'able bodied, good natured youth'. Each day they strictly kept their ritual observances, as recorded here. Each day they strictly kept their ritual observances, as recorded here.

Publication/Creation

1870-1871

Physical description

1 photograph : glass photonegative, wet collodion ; glass approximately 30.5 x 25.5 cm (12 x 10 in.)

Lettering

Buddhist priests

Notes

This is one of a collection of original glass negatives made by John Thomson. The negatives, made between 1868 and 1872, were purchased from Thomson by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1921

References note

China through the lens of John Thomson, 1868-1872, Beijing: Beijing World Art Museum, 2009, p. 86 (reproduced)

Lettering note

Bears Thomson's negative number: "640"

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 19528i

Languages

  • English


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