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MFA Images: Insects

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  • Hollyhocks and Butterflies

    latter half of the 17th century

    Attributed to Kano Toun Masunobu, Japanese, 1625–1694 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.4241

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  • Rose Mallow, Chrysanthemums, and Dragonflies

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  • Peonies, Butterflies and Chinese Rock

    19th century

    Kano Tansho, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.6714

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  • Trade card Album

    late 19th century

    Artist Anonymous, American, late 19th century, American

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints , Albums

    Accession Number

    1981.465

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

    about 1833–34 (Tenpô 4–5)

    Artist Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760–1849 Japanese

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17591, 21.6680

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.17591

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  • Dragon fly and blossoming pea vine

    about 1760

    Shen Quan

    Description
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    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.)

    Medium

    Ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    67.717

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  • Dragon Fly from Ehagaki sekai

    1908

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on textured card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1662

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  • Description
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    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

    2002.1434

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

    Kawabata Gyokushô, Japanese, 1842–1913 Japanese

    Description
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    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

    2003.583

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  • Tsuba with design of dragonflies

    early to mid-19th century

    School Tetsugendo School, Japanese Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.12300

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  • Kanamono in the form of five dragonflies

    mid to late 19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Main material: shibuichi; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.24039

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

    mid to late 19th century

    Matsuo Shigetaka, Japanese Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.24695a

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

    about 1833–34 (Tenpô 4–5)

    Artist Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760–1849 Japanese

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.17591, 21.6680

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6680

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  • Anchor, Dragonfly and Cherry Blossoms

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    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

    2002.4520

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  • Pair of menuki in the form of butterflies

    early to mid-19th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5248a

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  • Butterfly and Morning Glory

    mid–1880s

    Oka Baikei, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll: ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.6400

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  • Tsuba with design of Taira butterfly

    19th century

    Kaneie, Japanese Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.11803

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  • Menuki in the form of a butterfly

    early to mid-19th century

    Naomichi, Japanese, about 1800–1850 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.24694

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  • Moths and Butterflies, from the series A Picturebook of...

    about 1810–18 (late Bunka era)

    Artist Kubo Shunman, Japanese, 1757–1820 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6204

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  • Butterflies

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858 Japanese

    Description

    21.7860 is from the same sheet.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.7861

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  • Pinks and Butterfly

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858 Japanese

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.8497

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  • Pinks and Butterfly

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858 Japanese

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.8496

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  • Dandelions and Butterflies

    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).

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9299

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  • Flowers, Butterfly, and Book

    17th century

    Unidentified artist, French, 14th century French

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1252

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  • Butterflies

    about 1914

    Edna Boies Hopkins, American, 1872–1937 American

    Description
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    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.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    48.898

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  • "Butterflies and Foliage" window

    1889

    John La Farge, American, 1835–1910 American

    Description
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    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

    Medium

    Leaded stained glass

    Classification

    Glass

    Accession Number

    38.954

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  • Butterflies above a flowering plant

    about 1760

    Shen Quan

    Description
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    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.)

    Medium

    Ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    67.723

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  • Two butterflies above chrysanthemums

    about 1760

    Shen Quan

    Description
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    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.)

    Medium

    Ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    67.722

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  • Woman with Butterflies from the series"Gold Color, Silver...

    cancelled 1907

    Hashimoto Kunisuke, Japanese, 1884–1953 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.931

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  • Butterflies (from an unidentified series)

    Saitô Shôshû, Japanese, born in 1870 Japanese

    Description
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    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

    2002.1106

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  • Violets and Butterfly

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color hand painted; ink on card

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.3056

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  • Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2294

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  • Butterfly with Flower Motifs

    inscribed 1906

    Artist 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

    2002.4475

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  • New Year's Card: Butterfly and Fern

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.8759

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  • Butterfly and Flower Vine possibly from the series Postcards of...

    about 1905

    Ôta Nangaku, Japanese, 1873–1917 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2003.593

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  • Kanamono in the form of a cricket on two chestnuts

    mid-19th century

    Kono Haruaki, Japanese, 1785–1859 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.24044

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  • Kanamono in the form of a grasshopper, with backplate

    mid to late 19th century (before 1889)

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5657

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  • Kanamono in the form of two grasshoppers with hibiscus, valerian,...

    mid to late 19th century (before 1890)

    Toryusai Toshimune, Japanese, mid-19th century Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5700

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  • A Horned Beetle and a Yellow Jacket

    late 19th century

    Attributed to Shibata Zeshin, Japanese, 1807–1891 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Album leaf; ink, color, and lacquer on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    28.847

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  • Goat-and-bee jug

    about 1745–49

    Made at Chelsea Manufactory, England, active 1745-1769 English

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    12.06 cm (4 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Soft-paste porcelain

    Classification

    Ceramics , Porcelain

    Accession Number

    1988.701

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  • Fly ornaments

    about 1700–1550 B.C.

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Pendants

    Accession Number

    20.1775a

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  • Pair of fly pendants

    1550–1070 B.C.

    Description

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

    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.)

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Pendants

    Accession Number

    27.878a-b

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  • Brisé fan

    about 1880

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    1976.288

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  • Lillies and Praying Mantis

    first half of the 18th century

    Kano Gyokuen Hidenobu, Japanese, 1683–1743 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.4192

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  • Dragonfly and Grapes from the album Birds and Flowers

    first half of the 19th century

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    01.8477.11

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  • Hydrangeas from the album Birds and Flowers

    first half of the 19th century

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    01.8477.19

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  • Album of Birds and Flowers

    first half of the 19th century

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    01.8477.32

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  • Fairy with Violets on Blue Background

    Artist 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

    2002.4395

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  • Diversae Insectarum Volatilium icones ad vivum accuratissime...

    1630

    Jacob Hoefnagel, Netherlandish, 1575–1630 Netherlandish

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Engraving

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    1970.282

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  • Diversae Insectarum Volatilium icones ad vivum accuratissime...

    1630

    Jacob Hoefnagel, Netherlandish, 1575–1630 Netherlandish

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Engraving

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    1970.292

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  • Ehon mushi erami (Picture Book of Selected Insects)

    1788 (Tenmei 8)

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    2003.248.1-2

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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