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  • Hollyhocks and Butterflies

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th century
    Attributed to Kano Toun Masunobu (Japanese, 1625–1694)

    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-Kano-220-(2)

    Dimensions

    Image: 76.3 x 43.2 cm (30 1/16 x 17 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4241

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Rose Mallow, Chrysanthemums, and Dragonflies

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th century
    Attributed to Kano Toun Masunobu (Japanese, 1625–1694)

    Object Place, Kano

    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-Kano-220-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 76.3 x 43.2 cm (30 1/16 x 17 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4242

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Peonies, Butterflies and Chinese Rock

    Botan ni cho zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Kano Tansho (Japanese, dates unknown)

    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-081-(2)

    Dimensions

    Image: 135.9 x 61.2 cm (53 1/2 x 24 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6714

    Medium or Technique

    Unmounted painting; ink, light color, and gold on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Trade card Album

    American
    late 19th century
    Artist Anonymous, American, late 19th century (American)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Sterling, Jr.

    Details

    Dimensions

    24.8 x 27.3 cm (9 3/4 x 10 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.465

    Medium or Technique

    Chomolithographs; containing some 500 cards for Boston stores including Jordan Marsh; mostly chromolithographs, many printed in France

    Not On View

    Collections

    Americas, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints, Albums

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  • Bellflower and Dragonfly, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1833–34 (Tenpô 4–5)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17591, 21.6680

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    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: 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

    MFA, Hokusai (2013), #74; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #99; TNM, Hokusai (2005), #359; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 229, horizontal ôban #23.07

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 26.8 x 39.2 cm (10 9/16 x 15 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.17591

    Medium or Technique

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

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    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Dragon fly and blossoming pea vine

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Provenance

    June 28, 1967, purchased by the Museum.

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 26.3 x 20.1 cm (10 3/8 x 7 15/16 in.) Overall: 116 x 29.3 cm (45 11/16 x 11 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.717

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Dragon Fly from Ehagaki sekai

    Akitsu

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1908
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Kokkei shinbun sha (Japanese)

    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: 10.5 x 14 cm (4 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1662

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on textured card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Dragonfly

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unidentified, Japanese, Publisher Kyoto Sanjô Benridô (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

    2002.1434

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Dragonfly (Akitsu) from the series Sunbikai Cards by Gyokusho (Gyokusho sunga)

    Japanese
    late Meiji era
    Kawabata Gyokushô (Japanese, 1842–1913 Japanese), Publisher Sunbikai

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1992 Philippe Barros, Paris, France; by 2002 to Karl Jaeger, Bath, England; September 2003 purchased by MFA from Karl Jaeger.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Leonard A. Lauder

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2003.583

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodblock print; ink on Japanese paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Tsuba with design of dragonflies

    Japanese
    Edo period
    early to mid-19th century
    School Tetsugendo School (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無銘

    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: 6.4 x 6 x 0.4 cm (2 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.12300

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: iron; other metals: copper sekigane; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, usuniku-bori

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Kanamono in the form of five dragonflies

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無銘

    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: 12.9 x 0.6 cm (5 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.24039

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: shibuichi; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Pair of menuki in the form of a dragonfly and butterfly

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century
    Matsuo Shigetaka (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Matsuo Shigetaka 松尾重孝

    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: 3.2 x 0.3 cm (1 1/4 x 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.24695a

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: shakudo; other metals: gold and silver; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, iroe hirazogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Bellflower and Dragonfly, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1833–34 (Tenpô 4–5)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17591, 21.6680

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (lot 410); 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

    TNM, Hokusai (2005), #359; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 229, horizontal ôban #23.07

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 26.6 x 39.4 cm (10 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6680

    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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  • Anchor, Dragonfly and Cherry Blossoms

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, 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

    2002.4520

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Pair of menuki in the form of butterflies

    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: 3.3 x 0.5 cm (1 5/16 x 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5248a

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Butterfly and Morning Glory

    Asagao yucho

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    mid–1880s
    Oka Baikei (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Signed Baikei.

    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-044

    Dimensions

    Image: 58.9 x 39.4 cm (23 3/16 x 15 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6400

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll: ink and color on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Tsuba with design of Taira butterfly

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Kaneie (Japanese), School Kaneie School (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Yamashiro no kuni Fushimi no ju Kaneie [Kaneie of Fushimi in Yamashiro province] 山城國伏見住金家

    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: 8.5 x 8.1 x 0.3 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/16 x 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.11803

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: iron; other metals: gold; copper sekigane; decorative technique: sukashi-bori, sukidashi-bori, zogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Menuki in the form of a butterfly

    Japanese
    Edo period
    early to mid-19th century
    Naomichi (Japanese, about 1800–1850 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Naomichi 直道

    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: 3.2 x 0.5 cm (1 1/4 x 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.24694

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: shakudo; other metals: gold, silver and copper; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, iroe hirazogan

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Moths and Butterflies, from the series A Picturebook of Butterflies (Gunchô gafu)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1810–18 (late Bunka era)
    Artist Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)

    Description

    Signed

    Shô Shunman sei

    Provenance

    June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; 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

    Chiba Museum, Edo no surimono (1997), #206; Heiteres treiben... (Köln, 1990), #2-3; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 409

    Dimensions

    Shikishiban; 20 x 17.8 cm (7 7/8 x 7 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6204

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

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    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Butterflies

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

    Description

    21.7860 is from the same sheet.

    Inscription

    Poem: Chô karoshi/ koro wa kiru mono/ hitotsu kana 蝶かろし 頃は着もの ひとつ哉  湖春

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #s 96 (this design), 97 (uncut sheet of three designs); RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #167 (uncut sheet)

    Dimensions

    Center third of horizontal ôban sheet (sanchôgake); 25.1 x 12.5 cm (9 7/8 x 4 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7861

    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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  • Pinks and Butterfly

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

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.19977 (no publisher’s mark), 21.8496 (Aritaya edition), 21.8497 (Yamashiroya edition)

    Inscription

    Poem: Nadeshiko no/ haru kashikosa ni/ utsukushiki 撫子の 春かしこさに 美くしき

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #141 (Yamashiroya edition); Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 162 (Yamashiroya edition)

    Dimensions

    Kotanzaku; 33.7 x 7.7 cm (13 1/4 x 3 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8497

    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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  • Pinks and Butterfly

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

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.19977 (no publisher’s mark), 21.8496 (Aritaya edition), 21.8497 (Yamashiroya edition)

    Inscription

    Poem: Nadeshiko no/ haru kashikosa ni/ utsukushiki 撫子の 春かしこさに 美くしき

    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

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #141 (Yamashiroya edition); Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 162 (Yamashiroya edition)

    Dimensions

    Kotanzaku; 35.8 x 7.7 cm (14 1/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8496

    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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  • Dandelions and Butterflies

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Tani Bunchô (Japanese, 1763–1840 Japanese)

    Description

    Translation of poem in Polster & Marks 1980, p. 1 (but artist is incorrectly identified as Ippitsusai Bunchô).

    Inscription

    Poem by Jujusai Shinchô: Tanpopo to/ tsutsumi o ute wa/ omoshiro ya/ hane ... ga sashite/ asobu chôchô

    Signed

    Bunchô

    Provenance

    Between 1906 and 1909, acquired by Mr. and Mrs. John Osgood (Elizabeth Cameron) Blanchard in Japan; April 1916, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding at Blanchard sale, American Art Galleries, New York; 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 geijutsu 160 (2010), cover (different edition); Christie's Sale Catalogue #7576 (October 23, 1992), lot #72 (different edition); Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 3

    Dimensions

    Shikishiban; 20.7 x 18.4 cm (8 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9299

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • Flowers, Butterfly, and Book

    17th century
    Unidentified artist

    Description

    Provenance

    Anonymous collection, Philadelphia [see note 1]. By 1946, Martha Codman (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik (b. 1858 - d. 1948), Newport, RI; 1947, gift of Mrs. Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file. Whether Mrs. Karolik acquired the painting in Philadelphia is not known.

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    26.67 x 36.19 cm (10 1/2 x 14 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1252

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on panel

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Butterflies

    about 1914
    Edna Boies Hopkins (American, 1872–1937 American)

    Description

    Signed

    l.r. (in graphite), "Edna Bois Hopkins 23"

    Markings

    l.l. (in graphite), "23"

    Provenance

    John T. Spaulding (1870-1948) Boston; by whom given to MFA by bequest June 3, 1948

    Credit Line

    Bequest of John T. Spaulding

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Vasseur 26

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 38.9 x 32.8 cm (15 5/16 x 12 15/16 in.) Block: 25.7 x 23.2 cm (10 1/8 x 9 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.898

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodcut

    Out on Loan

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

    Collections

    Americas, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints

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  • "Butterflies and Foliage" window

    1889
    John La Farge (American, 1835–1910)

    Object Place, New York, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1889, made for the house of William H. White, Brooklyn Heights, New York.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. William Emerson

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall (with original wood frame): (71 1/2 x 32 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.) Framed (w/metal outer frame): (73 x 33 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.) Other (no frame/glass only): (65 1/4 x 27 1/2 in.) Flat molding of frame measures 2 in. from top and side edges, 3 1/2 in from bottom edge

    Accession Number

    38.954

    Medium or Technique

    Leaded stained glass

    On View

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

    Collections

    Americas

    Classifications

    Glass

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  • Butterflies above a flowering plant

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 26.3 x 20.1 cm (10 3/8 x 7 15/16 in.) Overall: 116 x 29.3 cm (45 11/16 x 11 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.723

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

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    Paintings

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  • Two butterflies above chrysanthemums

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased by MFA, June 28, 1967

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 26.3 x 20.1 cm (10 3/8 x 7 15/16 in.) Overall: 116 x 29.3 cm (45 11/16 x 11 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.722

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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  • Woman with Butterflies from the series"Gold Color, Silver Paint" (Kin'iro Ginsai)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    cancelled 1907
    Hashimoto Kunisuke (Japanese, 1884–1953), Publisher Japanese Postcard Association (Nihon hagaki kai) (Japanese), Distributed by Hakubunkan (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

    2002.931

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on green paper adhered to card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Butterflies (from an unidentified series)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Saitô Shôshû (Japanese, born in 1870 Japanese), Publisher Bunshôdô

    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

    2002.1106

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Violets and Butterfly

    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

    2002.3056

    Medium or Technique

    Color hand painted; ink on card

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Butterfly

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1906
    Artist Unidentified, Japanese, Publisher Minatsuki kai, Printer Ichisan Printing Company

    Place of Creation, Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Ex Jaeger 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

    2002.2294

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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    Postcards

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  • Butterfly with Flower Motifs

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    inscribed 1906
    Artist Unknown, 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

    2002.4475

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • New Year's Card: Butterfly and Fern

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Nawa Entomological Laboratory (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: 8.8 x 13.8 cm (3 7/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.8759

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; hand painted; appliqué; ink on card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Butterfly and Flower Vine possibly from the series Postcards of Birds and Flowers (Kachô ehagaki)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    about 1905
    Ôta Nangaku (Japanese, 1873–1917 Japanese), Publisher Japanese Postcard Association (Nihon hagaki kai) (Japanese), Distributed by Hakubunkan (Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1992 Philippe Barros, Paris, France; by 2002 to Karl Jaeger, Bath, England; September 2003 purchased by MFA from Karl Jaeger.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Leonard A. Lauder

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2003.593

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Kanamono in the form of a cricket on two chestnuts

    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

    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: 6 x 3.2 x 2.1 cm (2 3/8 x 1 1/4 x 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.24044

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: copper; other metals: gold, silver and shakudo; decorative technique: iroe takazogan

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    Asia

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    Arms and armor

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  • Kanamono in the form of a grasshopper, with backplate

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

    Accession Number

    11.5657

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: silver; other metals: gold and copper; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, zogan

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    Asia

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    Arms and armor

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  • Kanamono in the form of two grasshoppers with hibiscus, valerian, daisies and other plants

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

    Description

    Signed

    Toryusai Toshimune 登柳齋壽宗

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.3 x 0.9 cm (2 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5700

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: gold; other metals: shakudo and shibuichi; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori, zogan

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    Arms and armor

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  • A Horned Beetle and a Yellow Jacket

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    late 19th century
    Attributed to Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Modern-121

    Dimensions

    Image: 16.2 x 22 cm (6 3/8 x 8 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.847

    Medium or Technique

    Album leaf; ink, color, and lacquer on paper

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  • Goat-and-bee jug

    English
    about 1745–49
    Made at Chelsea Manufactory (England, active 1745-1769)

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Goat and Bee jug with long horns, green base, butterfly and scattered flowers.

    Markings

    Mark: incised triangle.

    Provenance

    By 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz [see note 1]; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988) NOTES: [1] From June 25, 1973, on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz.

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    12.06 cm (4 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.701

    Medium or Technique

    Soft-paste porcelain

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    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

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    Europe

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    Ceramics, Porcelain

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  • Fly ornaments

    Nubian
    Classic Kerma
    about 1700–1550 B.C.

    Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, tomb K 325 (debris), South Cemetery; Object Place: Sudan, Nubia, Kerma

    Description

    Two large ivory pendant in the form of a fly with transverse hole through head for suspension, decayed and incomplete.
    b) located in Basment West, Ivory Cabinet, Shelf 6.

    Provenance

    From Kerma, South Cemetery, tomb K 325 (debris). 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1920: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.5 x 0.9 x 13.9 cm (2 9/16 x 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    20.1775a

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants

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  • Pair of fly pendants

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom
    1550–1070 B.C.

    Findspot, Semna, Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    Two ivory fly pendants found in burial; transverse hole thru head.

    Provenance

    From Semna, tomb S 579. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 7.1 x 3 x 0.5 cm (2 13/16 x 1 3/16 x 3/16 in.) Height x width x depth: 6.8 x 3.1 x 0.6 cm (2 11/16 x 1 1/4 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    27.878a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants

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  • Brisé fan

    about 1880

    Object Place, Spain

    Description

    Eighteen cork blades painted with design of insects approaching flowering and fruit-bearing branch; two raised insects on obverse guard. Beige silk connecting ribbon. Mother-of-pearl buttons on rivet, brass ring.

    Provenance

    Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

    Credit Line

    Oldham Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Guard: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.); maximum open: 47 cm (18 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1976.288

    Medium or Technique

    Cork blades, painted and ornamented; silk; mother-of-pearl; brass

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    Costumes

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  • Lillies and Praying Mantis

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 18th century
    Kano Gyokuen Hidenobu (Japanese, 1683–1743 Japanese)

    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-Kano-249

    Dimensions

    Image: 48.7 x 31.2 cm (19 3/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4192

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

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  • Dragonfly and Grapes from the album Birds and Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 19th century
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-437

    Dimensions

    Image: 18 x 16.1 cm (7 1/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.8477.11

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Hydrangeas from the album Birds and Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 19th century
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-437

    Dimensions

    Image: 18 x 16.1 cm (7 1/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.8477.19

    Medium or Technique

    One leaf from an eighteen-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Album of Birds and Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 19th century
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-437

    Dimensions

    Image: 18 x 16.1 cm (7 1/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.8477.32

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Fairy with Violets on Blue Background

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, 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

    2002.4395

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Diversae Insectarum Volatilium icones ad vivum accuratissime depictae...

    Dutch
    1630
    Jacob Hoefnagel (Netherlandish, 1575–1630), Engraved by Nicolaus Joannis Visscher (1618–1709)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Stephen Bullard Memorial Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Holl.; Wurz. 1

    Dimensions

    18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1970.282

    Medium or Technique

    Engraving

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    Prints

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  • Diversae Insectarum Volatilium icones ad vivum accuratissime depictae...

    1630
    Jacob Hoefnagel (Netherlandish, 1575–1630)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Stephen Bullard Memorial Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Holl.; Wurz. 1

    Dimensions

    18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1970.292

    Medium or Technique

    Engraving

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  • Ehon mushi erami (Picture Book of Selected Insects)

    The Insect Book

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1788 (Tenmei 8)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Author Ishikawa Masamochi (Rokujuen Meshimori) (Japanese Japanese), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Preface signed Yadoya Meshimori shirusu Colophon signed Toriyama Sekien sho Preface signed 宿屋飯盛しるす (Yadoya Meshimori shirusu) Colophon signed 鳥山石燕書 (Toriyama Sekien sho)

    Markings

    Toriyama Toyofusa 鳥山 豊房

    Provenance

    Gift of John Phillips

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Phillips

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #156; Asano and Clark 1995, #463

    Dimensions

    Overall: 27 x 18.4 cm (10 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.) (ôhon)

    Accession Number

    2003.248.1-2

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink, color, and mica on paper

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Illustrated Books

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