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MFA Images: Sea Life

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  • Tsuba with design of fish

    mid-19th century

    Kono Haruaki (Japanese, 1785–1859 Japanese)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5489

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  • Tsuba with design of fish, shellfish and crustacea

    mid to late 19th century

    Ishiguro Masayoshi (Japanese, 1775–1862 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor, Tsuba

    Accession Number

    11.5494

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    Asia

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  • Tsuba with design of crayfish

    mid-19th century

    Matsuo Gassan (Japanese, 1815–1875 Japanese)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5395

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    Asia

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  • Tsuba with design of crayfish

    mid-19th century

    Matsuo Gassan (Japanese, 1815–1875 Japanese)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5394

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    Asia

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

    early to mid-19th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5341

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    Asia

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  • Kanamono in the form of two crayfish

    mid to late 19th century (before 1889)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Main material: silver; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5649

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    Asia

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  • Fish

    1860

    Iitsu (Japanese Japanese)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.6917

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    Asia

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  • Tsuba with design of crayfish

    early to mid-19th century

    Ito Masafusa (Japanese Japanese)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.11779

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    Asia

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

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.17175

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  • Fish shaped vase with rouge box with cover

    1736–95

    Description
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    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.)

    Medium

    Glass

    Classification

    Glass

    Accession Number

    11.9759

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    Asia

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  • Fish Near Shore

    mid–1880s

    Hashidate Shisen (Japanese, 1855–1921 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll: ink and light color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8570

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    Asia

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  • Fish in Water

    1882

    Gyokurin (Japanese Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8224

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    Asia

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  • Fuchi-kashira with designs of fish

    Late 18th century (?)

    Iwamoto Konkan (Japanese, 1744–1801 Japanese)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5206b

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    Asia

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  • Fish and Abalone Shell

    about Koka era (1844–48) to Kaei era (1848–54)

    Hokushin (Japanese, 1824–1876 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.4599

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    Asia

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

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.849

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  • Striped Sea Bream, Rock-trout, and Nandina, from an untitled...

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.949

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  • Trout, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.844

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

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.843, 06.1192, 21.9611

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.843

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  • Fish-shaped palette

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Greywacke

    Classification

    Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical

    Accession Number

    01.7452

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Black Sea Bream, Small Sea Bream, Asparagus Shoots, and Sansho...

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.950, 11.17176, 21.9606

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.950

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  • Goldfish and Water Plants

    about 1850?

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

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1142, 06.2607

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.1142

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  • Amulet of a fish

    1550–1070 B.C.

    Description

    Amulets of fish pendants.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    11.3143

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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  • Still Life - Fish

    about 1900

    William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    08.453

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  • Kingfisher and Wild Rose

    1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.1472

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  • Goldfish and Killifish

    about 1837 (Tenpô 8)

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.1461

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  • Carp, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17179, 11.17180, 21.9616

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.17180

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  • Sweet Sea Bream, Mebaru, and Horseradish, from an untitled series...

    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.2544, 11.17183

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.17183

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  • Bowl with blue-and-white decoration of fish among aquatic plants...

    1521–66

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Porcelain, Jingdezhen ware

    Classification

    Ceramics, Porcelain

    Accession Number

    50.1329

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    Asia

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  • Shrimp

    latter half of the Bunka era (1804–18)

    Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    50.1496

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  • Amulet of a fish

    664–525 B.C

    Description

    Fish. Steatite. Traces of blue glaze.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Other: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Steatite

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    29.1543

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  • Sweetfish Swimming in a Clear Stream

    about 1830–44 (Tenpô era)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9681

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  • Sweetfish and Hydrangeas

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Woodblock print (aizuri-e); color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9650

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

    about 1837 (Tenpô 8)

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    54.312

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  • Dolphin or Fish

    about 1944

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1972.890

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  • Shiohi no tsuto (Gifts from the Ebb Tide)

    1789 (Kansei 1)

    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    27.3 x 19.4 cm (orihon)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    2006.1809

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  • Shiohi no tsuto (Gifts from the Ebb Tide)

    1789

    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806)

    Description
    Details

    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.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    1997.953

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  • Brill

    about 1660

    Albert Flamen (French, about 1620–after 1669)

    Description
    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Etching

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    55.638

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  • Moon on the Dark Sea

    Wada Sanzô (Japanese, 1883–1967)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2007.693

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  • Batik sample

    late 19th century

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    21.543

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    Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

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  • Carp, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    about 1840–42 (Tenpô 11–13)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17179, 11.17180, 21.9616

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9616

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

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9612

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  • Large lepidotus fish

    664–525 B.C.

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    12.1218

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  • Soprano ocarina (in the shape of a fish)

    1912

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Earthenware

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Aerophones

    Accession Number

    17.1837

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  • Pair of menuki in the form of two crayfish

    early to mid-19th century

    Otsuki Mitsuoki (Japanese, 1766–1834 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.24686a-b

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    Asia

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  • Dried Fish

    19th century

    Kôhôsai (Japanese, died about 1907 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Stained ivory

    Classification

    Netsuke

    Accession Number

    11.23295

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    Asia

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  • Horse Mackerel, Freshwater Prawns, and Seaweed, from an untitled...

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.17182

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  • Ôtsu-e: Monkey, Catfish and Gourd

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  • Goldfish, Killifish, and Morning Glories

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9582

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  • Horse Mackerel, Freshwater Prawns, and Seaweed, from an untitled...

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9604

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  • Gurnards, Flatfish, and Bamboo Grass, from an untitled series...

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1313, 11.17184, 11.17185, 21.9603

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9603

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  • Abalone, Needlefish, and Peach Blossoms, from an untitled series...

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1303, 11.17170, 21.9608

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9608

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9607

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  • Dish in form of fish

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: L. 0.206

    Medium

    Pottery

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    98.120

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    Asia

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  • Incense box in form of fish

    1860

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: H. .049 L. .087

    Medium

    Ceramics

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.3930a-b

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    Asia

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  • Amulet of a fish

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2606

    Collections

    Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

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  • Leaping Trout

    1892

    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors, Portfolios

    Accession Number

    99.24

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

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

    1897

    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    35.56 x 53.34 cm (14 x 21 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    99.30

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  • Sea Life

    19th century

    Artist Kôno Bairei (Japanese, 1844–1895 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8137

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    Asia

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  • Hiroshige and the Goldfish

    about 1926

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    53.34 x 38.1 cm (21 x 15 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    29.977

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    Americas

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  • The Happy Moment

    1847

    Artist James Goodwyn Clonney (American (born in England),...

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    68.58 x 55.88 cm (27 x 22 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1222

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    Americas

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  • Seal Rocks, Farallons

    1872

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on paper mounted on paperboard

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1254

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    Americas

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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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.485

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  • Carp and Wisteria

    beginning of 20th century

    Artist Ohara Koson (Japanese, 1878–1945 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Tanzaku; ink and light color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    51.1411

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    Asia

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  • The Lair of the Sea Serpent

    1864

    Elihu Vedder (American, 1836–1923 American)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    84.283

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    Americas

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  • "The Fish" (or "The Fish and Flowering...

    about 1890

    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Description
    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

    Medium

    Leaded stained and opalescent glass

    Classification

    Glass

    Accession Number

    69.1224

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    Americas

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  • Trout

    mid-19th century

    Hasegawa Gyokuhô (Japanese, 1822–1879 Japanese)

    Description
    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.)

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8210

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    Asia

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  • Cherry and Trout

    late 19th century

    Mochizuki Gyokusen (Japanese, 1834–1913)

    Description
    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.)

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8220

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    Asia

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  • Trout

    Kisui (Japanese Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8452

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  • Sea Bass, Golden-eyed Sea Bream, and Shiso, from an untitled...

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.2543

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  • Trout, from an untitled series known as Large Fish

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9609

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  • Trout Breaking

    1889

    Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Watercolor over graphite pencil on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    48.729

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

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  • Trout in Stream and Poem by Koyo from the series Postcards of...

    Saitô Shôshû (Japanese, born in 1870 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1090

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • New Year's Card: Seahorses

    1928

    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1200

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • Paper weight (crab)

    1878

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: H. .037 Longest dimension 0.117

    Medium

    Ceramics

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.3346

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    Asia

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  • Paperweight (crab)

    1888

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3 3/4 in. length

    Medium

    Glazed stoneware

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.6135

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    Asia

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  • Crab

    Description
    Details

    Medium

    Pottery or porcelain

    Classification

    Ceramics

    Accession Number

    01.8440

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    Asia

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  • Pair of kanamono in the form of a crab and young and a turnip,...

    mid to late 19th century (before 1889)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5601

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    Asia

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  • Mackerel, Crab, and Morning Glory, from an untitled series known...

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.17189

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  • Clematis and Crab

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9583

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  • Horseshoe crab effigy

    A.D. 450–1520

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Gold

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants

    Accession Number

    1971.809

    Collections

    Americas, Jewelry

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  • Crab plate

    1896–1929

    Dedham Pottery (active 1896–1943)

    Description

    Crab pattern

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter:: 15.2 cm (6 in.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware

    Accession Number

    2004.172

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    Americas

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  • Tea Bowl with design of crayfish

    18th–19th century

    Artist Unknown Izumo (Japanese Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ceramic; Fujina ware

    Classification

    Ceramics

    Accession Number

    92.4661

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    Asia

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

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1525, 06.2569, 11.41801, 21.9605

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.1525

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • Fish and Duckweed

    first half of the 19th century

    Kano Isen'in Naganobu (Japanese, 1775–1828 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.6489

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    Asia

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  • Fish in the Water

    late 19th century

    Artist Utsumi Gyokuen (Japanese, active third quarter of 19th...

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8229

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    Asia

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  • Fish in Water

    Late 19th century

    Takeda Gyokka (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Unmounted; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8227

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  • Fish

    Shokei (Japanese Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8573

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  • Fish In Water

    Late 19th century

    Atomi Gyokushi (Japanese 1859–1943 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8231

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  • Fish in the Water

    late 19th century

    Fujii Gyokushû (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Unmounted; ink, color and gold on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8236

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    Asia

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  • Kanamono in the form of an octopus, with backplate

    mid to late 19th century (before 1890)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5707

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    Asia

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  • New Year's Card: Seahorse

    1928

    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1196

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  • Goldfish

    Kawabata Gyokushô (Japanese, 1842–1913 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color woodblock print; ink on Japanese paper

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.984

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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).

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    89.481

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    Americas

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

    1928

    Takahashi Haruka (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1199

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  • New Year's Card: Seahorses

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1400

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  • Tea bowl with design of spiny lobster

    19th century

    Kashu Mimpei (Japanese, 1796–1871 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Awaji ware; stoneware

    Classification

    Ceramics

    Accession Number

    92.4266

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  • Spiny Lobster

    19th century

    Yoshimura Kobun Ryosai (Japanese, 1793–1863 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8539

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

    about 1832–33 (Tenpô 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1525, 06.2569, 11.41801, 21.9605

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.41801

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  • Spiny Lobster and Clams

    19th century

    Mochizuki Gyokusen Shigeteru (Japanese, 1794–1852 Japanese)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    41.503

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    Asia

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  • Kuwana: Baked Clams (Yakihamaguri, in semi-rebus form), cut from...

    1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    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)

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.8692

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  • Kuwana: Baked Clams (Yakihamaguri, in semi-rebus form), cut from...

    1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    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)

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.8693

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • Cosmetic jar in the form of a fish

    1479–1425 B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Red pottery

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    24.1785

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Drinking cup (kylix)

    about 510–500 B.C.

    the Ambrosios Painter

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    01.8024

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Campanian fish plate

    about 350–325 B.C.

    Related to D'Agostino Painter

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    01.8096

    Collections

    Europe, The Ancient World

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  • Fish plate

    about 340–320 B.C.

    The Painter of Boston 282.1970

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    2001.178

    Collections

    Europe, The Ancient World

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

    A.D. 200–230

    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).

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Mosaic (stone and glass tesserae)

    Classification

    Mosaics

    Accession Number

    2002.128.1

    Collections

    Europe, The Ancient World

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