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  • Tsuba with design of fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    mid-19th century
    Kono Haruaki (Japanese, 1785–1859 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Shunmei Hogen, with a kao 春明法眼(花押)

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.9 x 8.3 x 1 cm (3 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5489

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: iron; surface treatment: wood-bark effect; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan, sue-mon

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Tsuba with design of fish, shellfish and crustacea

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century
    Ishiguro Masayoshi (Japanese, 1775–1862)

    Description

    Signed

    Ishiguro Masayoshi 石黒政美

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 7.9 x 0.9 cm (3 7/16 x 3 1/8 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5494

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: brass; surface treatment: migaki-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shakudô, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan, sue-mon

    Out on Loan

    On display at Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, June 28, 2014 – September 15, 2014

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor, Tsuba

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  • Tsuba with design of crayfish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    mid-19th century
    Matsuo Gassan (Japanese, 1815–1875 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Hojo no junin Gassan saku 鳳城住人月山作

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8 x 7.4 x 1 cm (3 1/8 x 2 15/16 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5395

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: nanako-ji; other metals: gold, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Tsuba with design of crayfish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    mid-19th century
    Matsuo Gassan (Japanese, 1815–1875 Japanese), School Otsuki School (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Kongosai Gassan, with a kao 金剛斎月山(花押)

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 7.3 x 6.8 x 1.2 cm (2 7/8 x 2 11/16 x 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5394

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: shakudo; surface treatment: nanako-ji; other metals: gold, shakudo, shibuichi and copper; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Menuki in the form of a bream, fishing rod and basket

    Japanese
    Edo period
    early to mid-19th century

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無銘

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3.6 x 0.4 cm (1 7/16 x 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5341

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: gold; other metals: shakudo; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, takazogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Kanamono in the form of two crayfish

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century (before 1889)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無銘

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.9 x 0.6 cm (2 11/16 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5649

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: silver; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1860
    Iitsu (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 40 x 59.2 cm (15 3/4 x 23 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6917

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Tsuba with design of crayfish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    early to mid-19th century
    Ito Masafusa (Japanese Japanese), School Bushû School (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Bushu no ju Masafusa 武州住正房

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 7 x 6.7 x 0.8 cm (2 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.11779

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: iron; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, takabori

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Sea Bream and Sansho Pepper, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.854, 11.17175, 21.9612, RES.49.27 (key block)

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.09

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 26.5 x 37 cm (10 7/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.17175

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Fish shaped vase with rouge box with cover

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
    1736–95

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (Vase; legacy dimension): 17.9 x 13.7 cm (7 1/16 x 5 3/8 in.) Overall (Box; legacy dimension): 2.7 x 5 cm (1 1/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.9759

    Medium or Technique

    Glass

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Glass

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  • Fish Near Shore

    Suichu gungyo zu

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    mid–1880s
    Hashidate Shisen (Japanese, 1855–1921 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Signed Shisen.

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Modern-046

    Dimensions

    Image: 126.9 x 56.3 cm (49 15/16 x 22 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8570

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll: ink and light color on silk

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Fish in Water

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1882
    Gyokurin (Japanese Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Signed

    明治十五年壬午春三月 玉輪写

    Markings

    雄志叟印 玉輪

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 135.6 x 49.3 cm (53 3/8 x 19 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8224

    Medium or Technique

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Fuchi-kashira with designs of fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Late 18th century (?)
    Iwamoto Konkan (Japanese, 1744–1801), School Iwamoto School (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Iwamoto Konkan, with a kao 岩本昆寛(花押)

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    96

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3.3 x 1.6 x 0.8 cm (1 5/16 x 5/8 x 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5206b

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: shibuichi; surface treatment: nanako-ji; other metals: gold, silver, shakudo and shell; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Fish and Abalone Shell

    Gyokai zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about Koka era (1844–48) to Kaei era (1848–54)
    Hokushin (Japanese, 1824–1876)

    Description

    Provenance

    Prior to 1886 purchased by Ernest Francisco Fenollosa; 1886 purchased by Charles Goddard Weld from Ernest Fenollosa; 1911 bequeathed by Charles Goddard Weld to the Museum

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-445

    Dimensions

    Image: 32.2 x 49.6 cm (12 11/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4599

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Flatheads and Eggplant, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.849, 11.17191, 11.17192, 11.17193, 11.17194, 21.9607

    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.08

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    06.849

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Striped Sea Bream, Rock-trout, and Nandina, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.949, 06.2571, 11.17173, 11.17174
    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #100.07

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    06.949

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Trout, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.844, 11.17171, 21.1609

    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.11; Tanba 1965, #92

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    06.844

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Mullet, Asparagus, and Camellia, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.843, 06.1192, 21.9611

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.10; Tanba 1965, #93

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    06.843

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Fish-shaped palette

    Egyptian
    Predynastic Period
    Naqada I–III, 3850–2960 B.C.

    Description

    Fish-shaped palette; notched tail; drilled eye and suspension hole; mouth indicated by small .5 cm incision on both faces; one side more convex; no signs of wear.

    Provenance

    Found in digging the Aswan dam 1900-1901.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Greely Loring

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.8 x 0.8 x 23.5 cm (5 1/16 x 5/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.7452

    Medium or Technique

    Greywacke

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical

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  • Black Sea Bream, Small Sea Bream, Asparagus Shoots, and Sansho Pepper, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.950, 11.17176, 21.9606

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ryûsai Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.07

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    06.950

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Goldfish and Water Plants

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1850?
    Artist Ichimei (Japanese, active about 1850–1870 (?) Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1142, 06.2607

    Signed

    Ichimei hitsu

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Genshoku Ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 2 (1982), #21

    Dimensions

    Harimaze; 34.9 x 8.5 cm (13 3/4 x 3 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.1142

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Amulet of a fish

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom
    1550–1070 B.C.

    Findspot: Zawiet el Aryan, Egypt

    Description

    Amulets of fish pendants.

    Provenance

    From Zawiyet el-Aryan Z 302 X. 1910-11: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession date: December 7, 1911)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.) length

    Accession Number

    11.3143

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Still Life - Fish

    about 1900
    William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: Wm M. Chase.

    Provenance

    About 1900, the artist; 1908, sold by the artist to the MFA for $3,000. (Accession Date: December 10, 1908)

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    113.03 x 142.56 cm (44 1/2 x 56 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    08.453

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Suzanne and Terrence Murray Gallery (Gallery 226)

    Collections

    Americas

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Kingfisher and Wild Rose

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Kawasemi no/ hane wo yosoute/ mizu kagami 川蝉の 羽を粧ふて 水かゝみ

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #047; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #290

    Dimensions

    Aitanzaku; 32.7 x 10.7 cm (12 7/8 x 4 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.1472

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Goldfish and Killifish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1837 (Tenpô 8)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga 朝櫻楼国芳画

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiyûsai

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #239 (uncut vertical ôban sheet); Suzuki 1992, #448

    Dimensions

    Chûtanzaku; 39 x 13 cm (15 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.1461

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Carp, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Yamadaya Shôjirô (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17179, 11.17180, 21.9616

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #100.05; Tanba 1965, #424

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    11.17180

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Sweet Sea Bream, Mebaru, and Horseradish, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Yamadaya Shôjirô (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.2544, 11.17183

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #100.02

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.4 x 36.1 cm (10 x 14 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.17183

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Bowl with blue-and-white decoration of fish among aquatic plants (yuzao) motif

    Chinese
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing period
    1521–66

    Description

    Markings

    Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi in underglaze blue

    Provenance

    1950, bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 9.5 x 13.2 cm (3 3/4 x 5 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.1329

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain, Jingdezhen ware

    On View

    Paul and Elizabeth Schmid Gallery (Gallery 275)

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Porcelain

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  • Shrimp

    Ebi zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the Bunka era (1804–18)
    Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)

    Description

    Signed

    Signed: Hokusai Taito hitsu 北斎戴斗筆

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-384

    Dimensions

    Image: 20.3 x 16.6 cm (8 x 6 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.1496

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Amulet of a fish

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 26
    664–525 B.C

    Findspot: Giza, Egypt

    Description

    Fish. Steatite. Traces of blue glaze.

    Provenance

    From Giza. [Excav. date] Mar. 1929. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Other: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    29.1543

    Medium or Technique

    Steatite

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Sweetfish Swimming in a Clear Stream

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830–44 (Tenpô era)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 147

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 23.2 x 16.1 cm (9 1/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9681

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Sweetfish and Hydrangeas

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Right half of an ôban sheet; 21.9649 is the left half (from a sumizuri edition).

    Inscription

    Poem: Ajisai ya/ asaki ni shiwashi/ yo o bakasu 紫陽花や 浅黄にしはし 世を化かす

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #166 (uncut horizontal ôban sheet, aizuri); Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 237, vertical chûban #27.1

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 17.6 x 23 cm (6 15/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9650

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (aizuri-e); color on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Sweetfish under Bush Clover, from an untitled series of Water Creatures

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1837 (Tenpô 8)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiyûsai

    Credit Line

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—Worcester Art Museum exchange, made possible through the Special Korean Pottery Fund, Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution, and Smithsonian Institution—Chinese Expedition, 1923–24

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Suzuki 1992, #444 (uncut vertical ôban sheet)

    Dimensions

    Chûtanzaku; 33.7 x 13 cm (13 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    54.312

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Dolphin or Fish

    about 1944
    Charles James Prendergast (American (born in Canada), 1863–1948 American)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Hamilton Basso

    Details

    Dimensions

    10.48 x 6.35 x 18.41 cm (4 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1972.890

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Shiohi no tsuto (Gifts from the Ebb Tide)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1789 (Kansei 1)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Kitagawa Utamaro zu 喜多川歌麿図

    Provenance

    1953, gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 10, 1953)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Jared K. Morse in memory of Charles J. Morse

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #158 (this impr.); Keyes, Ehon (2006), pp. 112-123; Asano and Clark 1995, #466-7; Gentles, Masters of the Japanese Print, Asia Society (1964), cat. no. 92 (this impr.)

    Dimensions

    27.3 x 19.4 cm (orihon)

    Accession Number

    2006.1809

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and metallic pigments on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Illustrated Books

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  • Shiohi no tsuto (Gifts from the Ebb Tide)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1789
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Author Akera Kankô (Japanese), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

    given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the library of the Museum

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Keyes, Ehon (2006), pp. 112-123

    Dimensions

    Overall: 27.2 x 19.1 cm (10 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.); ôbon Other (open): 27 x 38.6 cm (10 5/8 x 15 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1997.953

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock-printed book; ink, color, mica, and brass dust on paper

    Out on Loan

    On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, January 2, 2015 – May 10, 2015

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Illustrated Books

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  • Brill

    about 1660
    Albert Flamen (French, about 1620–after 1669)

    Description

    Inscription

    L.l.: AB. Flamen. fe.; below, Rhombus Laeuis La Barbue. Cum privil. Regis.; Roman numeral XII

    Provenance

    Sandbergs Bokhandel, Stockholm, Sweden; from whom purchased by MFA October 20, 1955

    Credit Line

    George Peabody Gardner Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bartsch 36; Robert-Dumesnil 450 (second state)

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 10.7 x 17.8 cm (4 3/16 x 7 in.); Sheet: 10.8 x 18 cm (4 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    55.638

    Medium or Technique

    Etching

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Moon on the Dark Sea

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Wada Sanzô (Japanese, 1883–1967), Publisher Fukuoka ken kyoshinkai (Association of Fukuoka Support) (Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1991, Philippe Barros, Paris, France; by 2002, to Karl Jaeger, Bath, England; 2007, sold by Karl Jaeger, International School of America, Medford, MA to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 19, 2007)

    Credit Line

    Edward S. Morse Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2007.693

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Batik sample

    Indonesian (Javanese)
    Dutch colonial rule
    late 19th century

    Place of Creation: Surakarta, Java, central, Indonesia

    Description

    Sample of cotton batik cloth with an overall pattern of scale motifs with a dot in the center on which is a fish, crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans in light brown, dark blue and natural ecru.

    Provenance

    Purchased by MFA through Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy for the MFA from the private collection of the Javanese prince Ario Kusumodiningrat, an elder brother of the then reigning sultan in Surakarta (Solo) on April 7, 1921

    Credit Line

    Marianne Brimmer Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    41 x 50 cm (16 1/8 x 19 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.543

    Medium or Technique

    Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, hand-drawn (tulis) wax-resist (batik)

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

    Classifications

    Textiles

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  • Carp, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Yamadaya Shôjirô (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17179, 11.17180, 21.9616

    Inscription

    Poem

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai

    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #100.05; Tanba 1965, #424

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25 x 36.5 cm (9 13/16 x 14 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9616

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Sea Bream and Sansho Pepper, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.854, 11.17175, 21.9612, RES.49.27 (key block)

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Provenance

    November 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1998), #101; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.09

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25 x 36.8 cm (9 13/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9612

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Large lepidotus fish

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 26
    664–525 B.C.

    Findspot: Nag el-Mashayikh (Lepidotonpolis), Egypt

    Description

    Hollow cast bronze fish with modeled fins and scales. The eyes are of inlaid glass with painted irises. Originally, it would have stood on a metal or wood base.

    Provenance

    From Naga el-Mashayikh, (Mesheikh) radim near tomb 102. 1912: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1912: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 5, 1912)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x length: 8.6 x 3.2 x 23 cm (3 3/8 x 1 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.1218

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    On View

    Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Soprano ocarina (in the shape of a fish)

    1912

    Object Place: Staffordshire, England

    Description

    Sopranino in E-flat. The lowest tone is e”-flat. In the shape of a fish; of pottery, gilded. Eight holes in front, one thumb-hole in the rear.

    Inscription

    Stamped: [registration mark of Staffordshire]

    Provenance

    Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 17.5 cm, width 6.3 cm, thickness 4.4 cm (Length 6 7/8 in., width 2 1/2 in., thickness 1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1837

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware

    Not On View

    Collections

    Musical Instruments

    Classifications

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

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  • Pair of menuki in the form of two crayfish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    early to mid-19th century
    Otsuki Mitsuoki (Japanese, 1766–1834 Japanese), School Otsuki School (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    [Mitsuoki, with a seal] 光興(印)

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.8 x 0.6 cm (1 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.24686a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: copper; other metals: shakudo; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, takazogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Dried Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Kôhôsai (Japanese, died about 1907 Japanese)

    Object Place: Osaka, Japan

    Description

    Signed

    Signed: Kôhôsai

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    209

    Dimensions

    2.5 x 12.6 x 1.9 cm (1 x 4 15/16 x 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.23295

    Medium or Technique

    Stained ivory

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Netsuke

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  • Horse Mackerel, Freshwater Prawns, and Seaweed, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1524, 11.17181, 11.17182, 21.9604

    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.06

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    11.17182

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Ôtsu-e: Monkey, Catfish and Gourd

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    19th century
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned

    Provenance

    August 1919, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frederick W. Gookin; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    34 x 24.5 cm (13 3/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5816

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on paper

    Not On View

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Goldfish, Killifish, and Morning Glories

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

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Asagao no/ akarenu sono hi/ sono hi ka na 朝顔の あかれぬその日 その日かな

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Hiroshige

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 15.8 x 21.6 cm (6 1/4 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9582

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Horse Mackerel, Freshwater Prawns, and Seaweed, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1524, 11.17181, 11.17182, 21.9604

    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Provenance

    November 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.06

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.5 x 36.8 cm (10 1/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9604

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Gurnards, Flatfish, and Bamboo Grass, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1313, 11.17184, 11.17185, 21.9603

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Provenance

    November 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.05; Tanba 1965, #421

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.6 x 36.8 cm (10 1/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9603

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

    More Info
  • Abalone, Needlefish, and Peach Blossoms, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1303, 11.17170, 21.9608

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    November 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.01; Tanba 1965, #423

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.6 x 36.8 cm (10 1/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9608

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Flatheads and Eggplant, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.849, 11.17191, 11.17192, 11.17193, 11.17194, 21.9607

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Ichiryûsai Hiroshige ga 一立斎広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    November 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.08

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.8 x 36.8 cm (10 3/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9607

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

    More Info
  • Dish in form of fish

    Japanese

    Object Place: Kaga province, Kutani (Green)

    Description

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: L. 0.206

    Accession Number

    98.120

    Medium or Technique

    Pottery

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery

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  • Incense box in form of fish

    Japanese
    1860

    Object Place: Kaga province, Ohi

    Description

    Credit Line

    Morse Collection. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: H. .049 L. .087

    Accession Number

    92.3930a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramics

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery

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  • Amulet of a fish

    Egyptian

    Description

    Faience; light blue; glazed; back flat and plain; no hole.

    Provenance

    By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 1.4 x 2.5 cm (9/16 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.2606

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

    Collections

    Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Leaping Trout

    1892
    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed by scraping to reveal white paper l.l.: "HOMER"; signed with blotting technique u.r.: "WH" Not dated./Signed lower left (pigment scraped off): HOMER: upper right (pigment lifted): W. H.

    Signed

    signed

    Provenance

    Thomas B. Clarke (American Art Association, NY, 17 Feb., 1899, no. 330); purchased by MFA, Februaary, 1899

    Credit Line

    Warren Collection—William Wilkins Warren Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.6 x 50.8 cm (14 x 20 in.)

    Accession Number

    99.24

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Watercolors, Portfolios

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  • Ouananiche Fishing, Lake St. John, Province of Quebec

    1897
    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed in black and blue watercolor at l.l.: "W.H. 1897/Lake St. John P. Q."

    Signed

    Signed

    Provenance

    Doll & Richards, Boston 1899; from whom purchased by MFAm 1899

    Credit Line

    Warren Collection—William Wilkins Warren Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    35.56 x 53.34 cm (14 x 21 in.)

    Accession Number

    99.30

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

    Not On View

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Watercolors

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  • Sea Life

    Gungyo zu

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    19th century
    Artist Kôno Bairei (Japanese, 1844–1895)

    Description

    Signed

    Bairei

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 155.8 x 69.1 cm (61 5/16 x 27 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8137

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Hiroshige and the Goldfish

    about 1926
    Kanji Nakamura (American (born in Japan), 1887–1932 American (born in Japan))

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left, in Japanese characters: Kanji Nakamura

    Provenance

    The artist; to Denman Waldo Ross; to MFA, 1929, gift of Denman Waldo Ross.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    53.34 x 38.1 cm (21 x 15 in.)

    Accession Number

    29.977

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Not On View

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    Americas

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    Paintings

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  • The Happy Moment

    1847
    Artist James Goodwyn Clonney (American (born in England), 1812–67)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: CLONNEY.1847.

    Provenance

    The artist; to G.W. Austen, 1847; sold at auction, Meredith Gallery, New York; with Charles D. Childs, Boston, 1944; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

    Details

    Dimensions

    68.58 x 55.88 cm (27 x 22 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1222

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Forkner and Gill Family Gallery (Gallery 238)

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    Americas

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    Paintings

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  • Seal Rocks, Farallons

    1872
    Albert Bierstadt (American (born in Germany), 1830–1902)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: ABierstadt [AB in monogram]; Reverse, before mounting: Seal Farralone Is Pacific 1872

    Provenance

    The artist, until his death in 1902; with Rholfs, Brooklyn; George Good, Brooklyn, around 1913; to Mrs. George Good; with Miss Frances Tarbox, New York, 1945; with John Mitchell, New York, 1946; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1946; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C.(Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.92 x 49.53 cm (13 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1254

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on paper mounted on paperboard

    Not On View

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    Americas

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    Paintings

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  • Dollarfish and Sheepshead

    1860
    William Aiken Walker (American, 1839–1921 American)

    Description

    In the decades before the American Civil War, still lifes of fish and game could be found in many of the finer homes of Charleston, South Carolina, where hunting and fishing were popular pastimes among wealthy gentleman. Such paintings announced the owner’s prosperity and his prowess as a sportsman. Walker, just twenty-one and limited in his formal art training, produced this highly naturalistic portrayal of two species of saltwater fish hanging on strings from square-headed nails. Shadows cast against the distinctive yellow of the Southern Pine planks suggest depth, completing the illusionistic effect.

    In the art of the United States, such convincing “trompe l’oeil” technique is more frequently associated with artists of the late nineteenth century, among them William Michael Harnett [39.761], John Frederick Peto [62.278, 64.411], and De Scott Evans [1984.86]. Working twenty years before those painters came to prominence, Walker’s still lifes responded to an established regional tradition. Most prominently visible in Charleston during Walker’s youth was the work of Charles Fraser. A generation older than Walker, Fraser had painted similar game scenes of birds or fish hanging from square headed nails against pine board planks. Fraser’s paintings were exhibited in Charleston in 1857 and two still lifes of Sheepshead were included in the display. Walker must have been familiar with Fraser’s examples, or others of this type. Such still lifes occupied Walker for only a few years. After the Civil War, Walker turned his attention to the genre scenes for which he is best known. While his unabashedly derogatory portrayals of African Americans are troubling for modern audiences, these views of agrarian life in the Old South found a ready audience in the late nineteenth century among white Southerners who were nostalgic for the antebellum past.

    Cody Hartley

    Inscription

    Lower left: WAW 1860. [WAW in monogram]

    Provenance

    The artist; sold at auction, Bedford Village, New York; with Arnold Seligmann, Rey, & Co., New York, 1943; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1943; to MFA, 1948, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865

    Details

    Dimensions

    61.59 x 51.12 cm (24 1/4 x 20 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.485

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Forkner and Gill Family Gallery (Gallery 238)

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    Americas

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    Paintings

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  • Carp and Wisteria

    Birds and Flowers

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    beginning of 20th century
    Artist Ohara Koson (Japanese, 1878–1945 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Koson

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Koson

    Provenance

    1951 Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Modern-085d

    Dimensions

    Image: 40.5 x 16.7 cm (15 15/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    51.1411

    Medium or Technique

    Tanzaku; ink and light color on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • The Lair of the Sea Serpent

    1864
    Elihu Vedder (American, 1836–1923)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: Elihu Vedder/1864

    Provenance

    The artist; to Thomas G. Appleton, Boston, 1864; to MFA, 1884, gift of Thomas G. Appleton.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Thomas Gold Appleton

    Details

    Dimensions

    54.61 x 93.03 cm (21 1/2 x 36 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    84.283

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Not On View

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    Americas

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    Paintings

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  • "The Fish" (or "The Fish and Flowering Branch") window

    Stained glass window

    about 1890
    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Object Place: Probably New York, New York

    Description

    Provenance

    Made for La Farge's son, Grant La Farge, to give as a gift to Gordon Abbott. From the Gordon Abbott house in Manchester, Massachusetts. Anonymous gift and Museum purchase, 1969.

    Credit Line

    Edwin E. Jack Fund and Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (no frame/glass only): (26 1/4 x 26 1/2 in.) Framed (w/original wood frame): (30 1/4 x 30 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.) flat frame molding is 1 5/8 in. wide all sides

    Accession Number

    69.1224

    Medium or Technique

    Leaded stained and opalescent glass

    On View

    Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Gallery (Gallery 228)

    Collections

    Americas

    Classifications

    Glass

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  • Trout

    Japanese
    mid-19th century
    Hasegawa Gyokuhô (Japanese, 1822–1879 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Signed

    「玉峰㊞㊞」

    Markings

    玉峰

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 114.3 x 42 cm (45 x 16 9/16 in.) Overall: 199 x 60.2 cm (78 3/8 x 23 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8210

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Cherry and Trout

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    late 19th century
    Mochizuki Gyokusen (Japanese, 1834–1913)

    Description

    Signed

    Gyokusen 「玉泉㊞㊞」

    Markings

    「玉泉」

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 118.6 x 41.3 cm (46 11/16 x 16 1/4 in.) Overall: 182 x 65.5 cm (71 5/8 x 25 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8220

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Trout

    Japanese
    Bakumatsu - Meiji era
    Kisui (Japanese Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 113.2 x 55 cm (44 9/16 x 21 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8452

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Sea Bass, Golden-eyed Sea Bream, and Shiso, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.2543, 11.17195, 11.17196

    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #100.08

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    06.2543

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Trout, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.844, 11.17171, 21.1609

    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    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

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.11; Tanba 1965, #92

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 24.2 x 35.6 cm (9 1/2 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9609

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Trout Breaking

    Rise to the Fly

    1889
    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed and dated in red with touches of bright opaque red watercolor at left: "HOMER ‘89" Verso: in pencil, "HOMER 1889" and miscellaneous notations

    Provenance

    John T. Spaulding (1870-1948), Boston, January 1913; bequest to MFA, June 3, 1948.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.2 x 50.4 cm (13 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.729

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

    Not On View

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Watercolors

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  • Trout in Stream and Poem by Koyo from the series Postcards of Haikai Poetry (Haikai ehagaki)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Saitô Shôshû (Japanese, born in 1870 Japanese), Publisher Japanese Postcard Association (Nihon hagaki kai) (Japanese), Distributed by Hakubunkan (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1090

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph and embossing; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • New Year's Card: Seahorses

    Japanese
    Early Shôwa era
    1928
    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown), Publisher Yamaguchi Seikyokudô

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex. Jaeger Collection Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1200

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Paper weight (crab)

    Japanese
    1878

    Object Place: Bizen province, Imbé

    Description

    Credit Line

    Morse Collection. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: H. .037 Longest dimension 0.117

    Accession Number

    92.3346

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramics

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Ceramics, Pottery

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  • Paperweight (crab)

    Japanese
    1888

    Description

    Credit Line

    Morse Collection. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3 3/4 in. length

    Accession Number

    92.6135

    Medium or Technique

    Glazed stoneware

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Ceramics, Pottery

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  • Crab

    Japanese

    Object Place: Dohachi, Kyoto, Japan

    Description

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Accession Number

    01.8440

    Medium or Technique

    Pottery or porcelain

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Ceramics

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  • Pair of kanamono in the form of a crab and young and a turnip, with backplate engraved with reeds and water

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century (before 1889)

    Description

    Signed

    Signed with a kao and sealed Raku (花押) 印 楽

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.1 x 1 cm (2 3/8 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5601

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: gold; other metals: shibuichi and silver backplate; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, katakiri-bori

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Arms and armor

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  • Mackerel, Crab, and Morning Glory, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17188, 11.17189, 11.17190

    No publisher’s mark on this impression.

    Inscription

    Poems

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai 改印: 極

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #100.06

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    11.17189

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Clematis and Crab

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

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Tessen ya/ nagare ni atsusa/ ame agari 鉄せんや 流れに暑さ 雨上り

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame Artist's seal: Hiro 改印: 極

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #169

    Dimensions

    Horizontal chûban; 16.5 x 23.6 cm (6 1/2 x 9 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9583

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Horseshoe crab effigy

    Coclé
    A.D. 450–1520

    Object Place: Sitio Conté area, Coclé Province, Panama

    Description

    Open back cast gold pendant in the form of a horseshoe crab. A double wire suspension ring is cast on the rear surface below the tail-body junction point.

    Provenance

    Excavated in the Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama, after 1930; by 1950 in a Private Collection, San José, Costa Rica; to Paul Pasher, New York, between 1950 and 1955 and kept with Manuel Miranda Pinto, San Salvador, El Salvador; brought to the United States, April 1970 and sold to the Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York; to the MFA, December 1971, purchase.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Landon T. Clay

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 1.7 x 2.2 cm (11/16 x 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.809

    Medium or Technique

    Gold

    On View

    Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

    Collections

    Americas, Jewelry

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants

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  • Crab plate

    American
    1896–1929
    Dedham Pottery (active 1896–1943)

    Description

    Crab pattern

    Markings

    Mark of blue square containing a rabbit on the underside of the bottom.

    Provenance

    From the collection of Catherine Anderson, originally a resident of Dedham, Massachusetts, who began collecting Dedham Pottery in about 1920; to MFA, 2004.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously in honor of Catherine Anderson

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter:: 15.2 cm (6 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.172

    Medium or Technique

    Stoneware (high-fired) with crackle glaze and cobalt decoration

    On View

    Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222)

    Collections

    Americas

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware

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  • Tea Bowl with design of crayfish

    Japanese
    Edo period- Meiji era
    18th–19th century
    Artist Unknown Izumo (Japanese)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Morse Collection. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

    Details

    Dimensions

    10.1 x 11.8 cm (4 x 4 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    92.4661

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic; Fujina ware

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Ceramics

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  • Lobster and Shrimp, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1525, 06.2569, 11.41801, 21.9605

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.02

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    06.1525

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Fish and Duckweed

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 19th century
    Kano Isen'in Naganobu (Japanese, 1775–1828)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-163

    Dimensions

    Image: 142.5 x 102.4 cm (56 1/8 x 40 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6489

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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  • Fish in the Water

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    late 19th century
    Artist Utsumi Gyokuen (Japanese, active third quarter of 19th century)

    Object Place: Kyoto

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 135.6 x 49.3 cm (53 3/8 x 19 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8229

    Medium or Technique

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

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  • Fish in Water

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    Late 19th century
    Takeda Gyokka (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 135.6 x 49.3 cm (53 3/8 x 19 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8227

    Medium or Technique

    Unmounted; ink and color on silk

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  • Fish

    Japanese
    Shokei (Japanese Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 40.7 x 55.5 cm (16 x 21 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8573

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Fish In Water

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    Late 19th century
    Atomi Gyokushi (Japanese 1859–1943 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 130.6 x 49.3 cm (51 7/16 x 19 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8231

    Medium or Technique

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

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  • Fish in the Water

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    late 19th century
    Fujii Gyokushû (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 135.6 x 49.3 cm (53 3/8 x 19 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8236

    Medium or Technique

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

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  • Kanamono in the form of an octopus, with backplate

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century (before 1890)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無銘

    Provenance

    1890, Charles Goddard Weld Collection; bequest to MFA, Boston, December 7, 1911.

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3.7 x 0.7 cm (1 7/16 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5707

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: gold; other metals: shell and coral (broken); decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, zogan

    Not On View

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  • New Year's Card: Seahorse

    Japanese
    Early Shôwa era
    1928
    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown), Publisher Yamaguchi Seikyokudô

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1196

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Not On View

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  • Goldfish

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Kawabata Gyokushô (Japanese, 1842–1913 Japanese), Publisher The Shinbi Shoin, Ltd. (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.984

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodblock print; ink on Japanese paper

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  • Watson and the Shark

    1778
    John Singleton Copley (American, 1738–1815)

    Description

    John Singleton Copley departed from Boston in 1774 and traveled to Europe, where he spent a year studying Renaissance and baroque paintings and classical sculpture. After settling in London in 1775, he continued to paint portraits, but he also attempted more complex compositions. Watson and the Shark was the first large-scale history painting he executed. The dramatic composition depicts the attack of a shark on fourteen-year-old cabin boy Brook Watson in the waters of Havana Harbor in 1749. The heroic rescue was ultimately successful, but only after the youth lost the lower part of his right leg; Watson went on to become a prosperous merchant and hold numerous important political posts in London. Copley’s choice of subject was innovative, for tradition limited history paintings to themes from the Bible or mythology. Even when artists selected subjects outside the bounds of religious or classical narrative, they typically celebrated events of national rather than personal significance, such as military victories.

    Copley’s boldness paid off, and Watson and the Shark established his reputation in England. His dramatic rendering of the climax of Watson’s story—the sailor thrusting a boat hook at the shark lunging with jaws agape at the helpless, terrified boy in the water while other sailors struggle to reach him—appealed to the English public. That Copley drew on old-master paintings by Raphael and Rubens for his composition, echoing their grandeur and themes of salvation, likewise found favor with his contemporaries. He was elected to full membership in the Royal Academy in 1779. His popular painting was made into a print for wider distribution to the public in 1779 and, proud of his accomplishments, Copley painted a second full-scale version of the painting that he kept to display in his studio. That version is the MFA’s picture.

    This text was adapted from Elliot BostwickDavis et al.,American Painting[http://www.mfashop.com/9020398034.html], MFA Highlights (Boston: MFA Publications, 2003).

    Inscription

    Center left, inside stern of boat: J S Copley P. 1778-

    Provenance

    1778, the artist; 1815, by inheritance to the artist's son, John Singleton Copley, Jr., Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863), London; possibly, 1864, Lyndhurst Sale, Christie's, London, lot 61, bought by "Cox" for the artist's granddaughter, Martha Babcock Greene Amory (Mrs. Charles Amory, 1812-1880), Boston; by 1873, to Charles Hook Appleton (born c. 1833), Boston; 1882, by descent to his daughter, Mrs. George von Lengerke Meyer, Boston; 1889, gift of Mrs. George von Lengerke to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 5, 1889)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. George von Lengerke Meyer

    Details

    Dimensions

    183.51 x 229.55 cm (72 1/4 x 90 3/8 l

    Accession Number

    89.481

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Norma and Roger Alfred Saunders Gallery (Gallery 128)

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  • New Year's Card: Seahorse in a Triangle Shape with Pink Background

    Japanese
    Early Shôwa era
    1928
    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown), Publisher Yamaguchi Seikyokudô

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1199

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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  • New Year's Card: Seahorses

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fractional gift of Lauder (Accession date: March 20, 2002).

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1400

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; embossing; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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  • Tea bowl with design of spiny lobster

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Kashu Mimpei (Japanese, 1796–1871 Japanese)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Morse Collection. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

    Details

    Dimensions

    6.8 x 11 cm (2 11/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    92.4266

    Medium or Technique

    Awaji ware; stoneware

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  • Spiny Lobster

    Shochiku oi(ro)-ebi zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Yoshimura Kobun Ryosai (Japanese, 1793–1863 Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 100 x 35.9 cm (39 3/8 x 14 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8539

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Lobster and Shrimp, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1525, 06.2569, 11.41801, 21.9605

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 243, horizontal ôban #091.02

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.4 x 36 cm (10 x 14 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.41801

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Spiny Lobster and Clams

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Mochizuki Gyokusen Shigeteru (Japanese, 1794–1852 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    望玉川写

    Markings

    玉川

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Francis Gardner Curtis

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 106.5 x 28.7 cm (41 15/16 x 11 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    41.503

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink on paper

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  • Kuwana: Baked Clams (Yakihamaguri, in semi-rebus form), cut from sheet 12 of the harimaze series Pictures of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi zue)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    From a sheet of four pictures showing Chiryû (TL), Narumi (TR), Miya (BR), and Kuwana (BL) stations.

    MFA impressions: 21.8687 (Chiryû), 21.8688 (Narumi), 21.8689 (Narumi), 21.8690 (Miya), 21.8691 (Miya), 21.8692 (Kuwana), 21.8693 (Kuwana), RES.49.95 (uncut sheet)

    Signed

    (this picture unsigned)

    Provenance

    November 1912, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga, Part II (2009), Edo #90-13 (uncut sheet); Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #45 (series of 15 sheets, not listed individually)

    Dimensions

    Harimaze, cut from vertical ôban sheet; 15.1 x 12 cm (5 15/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8692

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Kuwana: Baked Clams (Yakihamaguri, in semi-rebus form), cut from sheet 12 of the harimaze series Pictures of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi zue)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    From a sheet of four pictures showing Chiryû (TL), Narumi (TR), Miya (BR), and Kuwana (BL) stations.

    MFA impressions: 21.8687 (Chiryû), 21.8688 (Narumi), 21.8689 (Narumi), 21.8690 (Miya), 21.8691 (Miya), 21.8692 (Kuwana), 21.8693 (Kuwana), RES.49.95 (uncut sheet)

    Signed

    (this picture unsigned)

    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga, Part II (2009), Edo #90-13 (uncut sheet); Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 251, ôban #45 (series of 15 sheets, not listed individually)

    Dimensions

    Harimaze, cut from vertical ôban sheet; 15.4 x 12.3 cm (6 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8693

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Cosmetic jar in the form of a fish

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III
    1479–1425 B.C.

    Findspot: Semna, Nubia, Sudan

    Description

    Red glazed vase in form of fish. One handle. Black painted decoration. Tail mended.

    Provenance

    From Semna, cemetery S 502. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length x width: 16.8 x 8.8 cm (6 5/8 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.1785

    Medium or Technique

    Red pottery

    On View

    Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)

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  • Drinking cup (kylix)

    Greek
    Late Archaic Period
    about 510–500 B.C.
    the Ambrosios Painter

    Place of Manufacture: Athens, Attica, Greece

    Description

    Cup Interior tondo composition: A small nude boy is fishing as he crouches on a rocky ledge. He holds a woven bag in his left hand, and has a fish on the line. There is also a trap, shown under water, probably for the octopus hiding behind the rock. Above are the Greek letters: “P” “A” “S”.
    Exterior: Both sides show drunken satyrs cavorting. On one side, the satyr on the left holds aloft an amphora, while the one on the right balances a high-handled cup (kantharos) on his phallus. Above is the Greek inscription KR[A]TES ELE[–]O, which may refer to the action of one of the satyrs, who is named Krates. On the other side two satyrs dance. The one on the right holds a drinking horn (rhyton). Above is an inscription which appears to say: E[-]KEA[-]SE, too fragmentary to decipher.

    Inscription

    Interior: letters Π, Α, S. A: ΚΡΑΤΕSΕLΕΟ B: ΕΑΚΕΑSΕ

    Provenance

    By date unknown: Alfred Bourguignon Collection; by 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought privately from the collection of Alfred Bourguignon.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

    Credit Line

    Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 11.2 cm (4 7/16 in.); diameter: 27.7 cm (10 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.8024

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    On View

    Greek Archaic Gallery (Gallery 113)

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  • Campanian fish plate

    Greek, South Italian
    Late Classical Period
    about 350–325 B.C.
    Related to D'Agostino Painter

    Place of Manufacture: Campania, Italy

    Description

    “Fish” plate. Has a flange falling from edge of base. Interior: Two fish and an octopus.
    Circling the central depression are a bream, a striped perch, and an ocopus. A band of black dots cirlces the upper rim; around the overhanging rim is an ivy vine. As usual on Campanian fish-plates, the central depression is black and circled by a broad reserved stripe. The fish are carefully drawn, with much attention given to details such as the mouth, gills, mottling of the head and belly and placement of the stripes. Dilute glaze was used extensively on all three creatures particularly to define the eight arms of the octopus. The sketchy quality of the dilute glaze may have been achieved by feathering it with a dry brush.

    VASE PAINTING in ITALY, #88 (01.8096)
    Fish-Plate
    Related to the D”Agostino Painter
    3rd quarter of 4th century B.C.

    Circling the central depression are a bream, a striped perch, and an octopus. A band of black dots circles the upper rim, around the overhanging rim is an ivy vine. As usual on Campanian fish-plates, the central depression is black and circled by a broad reserved stripe. The foot is reserved. The fish are carefully drawn, with much attention given to details such as the mouths, gills, mottling of the head and belly, and placement of the stripes. Dilute glaze was used extensively on all three creatures, particularly to define the eight arms of the octopus. The sketch quality of the dilute glaze may have been achieved by feathering it with a dry brush. McPhee and Grendall draw attention to the unusual use of black for the gills and fins, instead of the more normal white; they note also an affinity with early Paestan fish-plates, particularly in the drawing of the octopus and the use of a dotted outer border.

    Provenance

    By 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Naples, said (& truly) to have been found at S. Maria di Capua); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

    Credit Line

    Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 088; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 156.

    Dimensions

    Diameter: 22.5cm (8 7/8in.)

    Accession Number

    01.8096

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, Red Figure

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  • Fish plate

    Greek, South Italian
    Late Classical to Early Hellenistic Period
    about 340–320 B.C.
    The Painter of Boston 282.1970

    Place of Manufacture: Apulia, Italy

    Description

    Interior: two striped fish with spiny back fins and an octopus around central depression. Details in added yellowish-white. Standing wave pattern decorates the overhang. Glaze on most of underside, rim of foot and inside foot. Broken and repaired.

    Provenance

    By date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (presumably from Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Street, Philadelphia, Pa); loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Vermeule III, November 30, 1970 (loan number 282.1970); gift to MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, March 21, 2001, in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

    Credit Line

    Gift in memory of Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 051.

    Dimensions

    Diameter: 19.8 cm Height: 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2001.178

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, Red Figure

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  • Marine mosaic (central panel of three panels from a floor)

    Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
    Imperial Period
    A.D. 200–230

    Findspot: Seleucia Pieria (port city of Antioch), Hatay (formerly province of Syria), Turkey

    Description

    Panel B: Central Figural scene; Labeling panels A,B,C follows the orientation of the mosaic in situ from east to west; primary entrance into room is on the east side.

    Marine scene with three chubby Erotes riding dolphins; they cast fishing lines into the sea filled with 25 fish colorfully depicted against a neutral ground of white. The Erotes face in three directions of the courtyard in which the three part mosaic ensemble was found.

    Border of red meander and black and yellow crowstep. Glass tesserae (oranges, yellows, reds, yellow-green, dark blue, bright blues, greens).

    Provenance

    Found in the House of the Drinking Contest, Seleucia Pieria (port city of Antioch, modern day Samandag); excavated in 1937-39 by the Princeton University Expedition; by 1940: shipped to Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20007-2961 (Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection, D.O. 40.65a-c); purchased by MFA from Dumbarton Oaks, June 26, 2002

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase and conservation with funds donated by George D. and Margo Behrakis, The Getty Foundation, Jane's Trust, John F. Cogan, Jr. and Mary L. Cornille, Daphne and George Hatsopoulos, the Estate of Dr. Harold Amos, Peter and Widgie Aldrich, Mrs. I. W. Colburn, Mary B. Comstock, The Hellenic Women's Club, Inc., an anonymous donor, Katherine R. Kirk, Peter Vlachos, Mrs. James Evans Ladd, Irene and Grier Merwin, Suzanne R. Dworsky, Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Faulkner, Francis J. Jackson and Nancy M. McMahon, Meg Holmes Robbins, Otis Norcross Fund, Helen and Alice Colburn Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Charles Amos Cummings Fund, and by exchange from the John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund, Henry Lillie Pierce Fund, Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation, Bequest of Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Gift of a "class of young ladies," Museum purchase by contribution, Gift of Barbara Deering Danielson, General Funds, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Wales, Gift of Paul E. Manheim, Bequest of Mrs. May Sheppard Jordan, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson, Francis Bartlett Donation, Gift of James Howe Proctor, Gift of Benjamin W. Crowninshield, Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes, Gift of Thomas Gold Appleton, Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Gift of an anonymous donor, Gift of Francis Amory, Gift of J. J. Dixwell, Gift of Edward Austin, Gift of Edward Robinson, Gift of Horace L. Mayer, Everett Fund, Gift of the Misses Norton, Gift of the Misses Amy and Clara Curtis, Gift of Charles C. Perkins, Gift of Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz, Gift of Harold Murdock in memory of his brother, Rear-Admiral J. B. Murdock, Gift of the Estate of Alfred Greenough, and Gift of Edward Southworth Hawes

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 134-135.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 291.5 x 287 cm (114 3/4 x 113 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.128.1

    Medium or Technique

    Mosaic (stone and glass tesserae)

    On View

    Antioch Mosaic Gallery (Gallery 214A)

    Collections

    Europe, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Mosaics

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