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  • Nine dragons

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    dated 1244
    Chen Rong (Chinese, first half of the 13th century)

    Description

    Provenance

    17th century, Geng Zhaozhong (b. 1640 - d. 1686), Shandong, China. 18th century, Emperor Qianlong (b. 1711 - d. 1799), Qing Dynasty; to Emperor Jiaqing (b. 1760 - d. 1820), Qing Dynasty; probably given by one of the later Qing emperors to Yixin, Prince Gong (b. 1833 - d. 1898) [see note 1]. 1917, Yamanaka and Co., New York; sold by Yamanaka to the MFA for $25,000. (Accession Date: June 14, 1917) NOTES: [1] See Zhang Hongxing, "The Nineteenth-Century Provenance of the Admonitions Scroll: A Hypothesis," in Gu Kaizhi and the Admonitions Scroll, ed. S. McCausland (London, 2003), p. 278.

    Credit Line

    Francis Gardner Curtis Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    T. WU, Tales from the Land of Dragons, 1997, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, pp. 197-201

    Dimensions

    Overall: 46.8 x 1496.5 cm (18 7/16 x 589 3/16 in.) Image: 46.2 x 958.4 cm (18 3/16 x 377 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1697

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on paper

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  • Dragons

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Nakabayashi Chikutô (Japanese, 1776–1853)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

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    Dimensions

    Image: 147.3 x 57.7 cm (58 x 22 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4650

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink on silk

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  • Dragons

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Nakabayashi Chikutô (Japanese, 1776–1853)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

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    Dimensions

    Image: 147.3 x 57.5 cm (58 x 22 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4651

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink on silk

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  • Dragons

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Ôhara Donshû (Japanese, died in 1857 Japanese)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 101.5 x 145.2 cm (39 15/16 x 57 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4697

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and gold on silk

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  • Komie and Dragons

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kishi Gantai (Japanese, 1782–1865 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Signed

    筑前□岸岱

    Markings

    岸岱 君鎮

    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

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    Dimensions

    Image: 104.7 x 36.6 cm (41 1/4 x 14 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8194

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Komei and Dragons

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kishi Gantai (Japanese, 1782–1865 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Signed

    筑前□岸岱□□ 絹がなくなっていて読めず。伹、他と同じものである。

    Markings

    岸岱 君鎭

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 104.7 x 36.6 cm (41 1/4 x 14 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8196

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Dragons in the Clouds, after Wang Ruoshui

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 19th century
    Kano Seisen'in Osanobu (Japanese, 1796–1846)

    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

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    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-176

    Dimensions

    Image: 49.1 x 60.3 cm (19 5/16 x 23 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6637

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Dragons

    Chinese
    Southern Song dynasty
    mid-13th century
    Attributed to Chen Rong (Chinese, first half of the 13th century)

    Description

    Provenance

    1913, with a Mr. Re, China; October 5, 1913, sold by Mr. Re to Koichi Hayasaki (b. 1874 - d. 1956) and taken to Japan [see note 1]; December, 1913, shipped to Boston and purchased by the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1914) NOTES: [1] Koichi Hayasaki served as the MFA's purchasing agent in China.

    Credit Line

    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 44.8 x 254.8 cm (17 5/8 x 100 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    14.50

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on paper

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  • Dragon in the Clouds

    Unryu zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th century
    Kano Tan'yû (Japanese, 1602–1674)

    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-031-(3)

    Dimensions

    Image: 102.1 x 42.7 cm (40 3/16 x 16 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4392

    Medium or Technique

    One of a set of three handing scrolls; ink on paper

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  • Dragon

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Mori Sosen (Japanese, 1747–1821)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

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    Dimensions

    Image: 104.3 x 38.2 cm (41 1/16 x 15 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4155

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink on silk

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  • Dragon Ascending the Heavens

    Hiryu shoten

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    about 1887
    Kano Hôgai (Japanese, 1828–1888 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-Modern-005

    Dimensions

    Image: 137.9 x 62.4 cm (54 5/16 x 24 9/16 in.) Overall: 175.8 x 88.1 cm (69 3/16 x 34 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4795

    Medium or Technique

    Panel; ink on paper

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  • Dragon and a rock with waters beneath

    Japanese
    Meiji era

    Description

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Other (legacy dimension): 142.7 x 77.3 cm (56 3/16 x 30 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4956

    Medium or Technique

    Ink on paper

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  • Dragon in the Clouds

    Unryu zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 19th century
    Kano Seisen'in Osanobu (Japanese, 1796–1846)

    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-177-(2)

    Dimensions

    Image: 103.4 x 40.8 cm (40 11/16 x 16 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6638

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink on silk

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  • Dragon

    Japanese
    Edo period
    dated 1777
    Maruyama Ôkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795)

    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

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    Dimensions

    Image: 134.7 x 89.4 cm (53 1/16 x 35 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8498

    Medium or Technique

    One from a pair of hanging scrolls; ink on paper

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  • Dragon and Clouds

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

    Description

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. Francis Gardner Curtis subject to her life interest. See Reg. folder - Loans by the Museum 900

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Francis Gardner Curtis

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-375

    Dimensions

    Image: 119.9 x 101.2 cm (47 3/16 x 39 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.41.20

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, light color, and gold on silk

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  • Man's semi-formal court robe (jifu)

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    first quarter of the 18th century

    Object Place: China

    Description

    Man’s semi-formal court robe (jifu) with horse-hoof cuffs and side opening with round metal buttons and a design of waves and mountains across the bottom, above which are nine five-clawed dragons holding pearls, clouds, Artemisia leaf, coins and coral in polychrome silk, gilt paper strip and metallic gold thread discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts on a yellow silk satin ground, navy blue silk piping at neck and front edges, lined with pink plain-weave silk.

    Provenance

    1902, Yamanaka and Co., Boston; sold by Yamanaka to the MFA for $2650 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: April 17, 1902) NOTES: [1] MFA accession nos. 02.48 - 02.68 were purchased together for this amount.

    Credit Line

    Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    139.5 x 206 cm (54 15/16 x 81 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    02.49

    Medium or Technique

    Silk satin-weave ground with silk, metallic gold thread and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave

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  • Man's robe restyled as a Tibetan chuba

    Chinese
    Late Ming or early Qing dynasty
    17th century

    Object Place: probably Suzhou, China; Findspot: Tibet

    Description

    Tapestry-woven dragon robe, restyled as Tibetan chuba during the 19th century. Large gold dragon on front and back, ground covered with blue and green clouds. Ying-lung dragon with three eyes, horns and five claws. Restyling incorporates 4 later rank badges and other kossu fabrics

    Provenance

    2001, Francesca Galloway, Ltd., London; sold by Francesca Galloway to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 21, 2001)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously

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    Dimensions

    Overall: 146.7 x 191.8 cm (57 3/4 x 75 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    2001.145

    Medium or Technique

    Silk, metal-wrapped, and peacock-feather-wrapped thread slit tapestry

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  • Kanamono in the form of a dragon and jewel, with backplate engraved with waves

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

    Description

    Signed

    Kikugawa, with a kao 菊川(花押)

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6.8 x 0.9 cm (2 11/16 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5698

    Medium or Technique

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

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