White Heron and Iris

花菖蒲に白鷺

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #197; Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #s 7-8; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #s 79, 257; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #7.4

Dimensions

Ôtanzaku; 37.6 x 16.9 cm (14 13/16 x 6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.7908

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 06.1159, 21.6826, 21.7908, 21.7909, 47.130
The poem reads:
White herons fly low across the fields, like a thousand flakes of snow;
Yellow birds perch on the tree, like flowers clustered on a branch.

Inscription

Chinese poem
白鷺下田千點雪 黄鴬上樹一枝花

Signed

Hiroshige hitsu
広重筆

Markings

Artist's seal: Hiroshige

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection