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  • Act VII (Shichidanme), from the series Matched Pictures for The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Ekyôdai Chûshingura)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1830s
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #90

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.4 cm (14 11/16 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.42308

    Medium or Technique

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

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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  • Courtesan Playing with a Dog

    Inu to tawamureru bijin zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about Kanbun era (1661–73)
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description

    Provenance

    1906 gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Ukiyo-021

    Dimensions

    47.8 x 24.8 cm (18 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.285

    Medium or Technique

    Panel; ink and color on paper

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    Asia

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  • Landscape with Dogs

    1868
    Thomas Hewes Hinckley (American, 1813–1896 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: T.H. Hinckley. 1868.

    Provenance

    The artist; James Brown Case, Boston, before 1907; to Misses Louisa W. and Marian R. Case, his daughters; to MFA, 1920, gift of Misses Louisa W. and Marian R. Case.

    Credit Line

    Gift of the Misses Louisa W. and Marian R. Case

    Details

    Dimensions

    66.67 x 91.76 cm (26 1/4 x 36 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    20.1872

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    Americas

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  • Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi, Okazaki

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1835 ?
    Artist Utagawa Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1873), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Gountei Sadahide ga 五雲亭貞秀画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Accession Number

    11.39186

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Tenth Month (Koharu), from the series Fashionable Twelve Months (Fûryû jûni tsuki no uchi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    late 1820s–early 1830s
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    1934, bequest of Nellie Parney Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

    Credit Line

    Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kumon Kodomo Kenkyûjo, Ukiyo-e no kodomotachi/ Children Depicted in Ukiyoe (1995), #32-10

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25.4 cm (14 7/16 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    34.438

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Wakana no ge: Sakuramaru's Wife Yae, from the series Genji Clouds Matched with Ukiyo-e Pictures (Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Ichibei (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 35 in the series.

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S45.35

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 24.9 cm (14 7/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36533

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Boar Hunt

    about 1625–30
    Frans Snyders (Flemish, 1579–1657)

    Description

    During the seventeenth century, dramatic hunt scenes often decorated royal hunting lodges. While Snyders’s contemporaries normally put man at the center of such images, Snyders concentrated on realistic observation of the animals. His highly sought-after paintings were often based on portraits of individual hunting dogs. Here, the dog on the far right may be wearing a protective cloak because he was particularly prized by his owner.

    Inscription

    Lower right, on dog's collar: F. Snyders fecit

    Provenance

    1889, Don Pedro de Alcantara de Borbón y de Borbón Duque de Dúrcal (b. 1862 - d. 1892), Madrid; April 5, 1889, Dúrcal sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 54. By 1889, John Templeman Coolidge (b. 1856 - d. 1945), Boston [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 15, 1917) Notes: [1] The painting was lent by Coolidge to the MFA on November 1, 1889.

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Templeman Coolidge, Jr.

    Details

    Dimensions

    220.6 x 505.1 cm (86 7/8 x 198 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.322

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    William I. Koch Gallery (Gallery 250)

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    Europe

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  • Pekinese Dog with Ball

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

    Description

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 22.7 x 17 cm (8 15/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9683

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Shepherd Boy Playing Bagpipes

    about 1754
    François Boucher (French, 1703–1770)

    Description

    Playful pastoral scenes, like the one in this painting, feature prominently in the designs Boucher created for tapestries, prints, and porcelain services. This image of a little shepherd boy playing the bagpipes to a small spaniel was reproduced in a wide array of forms. In addition to etchings and copies, the motif was used for a series of tapestries called Boucher’s Children created by the Parisian Gobelins manufactory. It was also adapted into a porcelain figure and a design for the top of a snuffbox.

    Provenance

    Baron Adolphe de Rothschild (b. 1823 - d. 1900), Paris. Vicomte Jacques de Causon, Paris. S.J. Frank, New York; sold by Frank to to William Salomon (b. 1852 - d. 1919), New York; April 5, 1923, Salomon estate sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 381, to Otto Bernet, New York [see note 1]. By 1928, Alvan Tufts Fuller (b. 1878 - d. 1958), Boston; 1959, to the Alvan T. Fuller Foundation, Inc.; 1961, gift of the Fuller Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 20, 1961) NOTES: [1] He may have been buying for Alvan Tufts Fuller.

    Credit Line

    Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by the Fuller Foundation

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 55.2 x 49.8cm (21 3/4 x 19 5/8in.) Framed: 72.7 x 66.7 x 6.7 cm (28 5/8 x 26 1/4 x 2 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    61.958

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)

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    Europe

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  • Calculating

    1844
    Thomas Hicks (American, 1823–1890 American)

    Description

    Thomas Hicks painted “Calculating” in a period of great financial instability. During the Panic of 1837, the American banking system collapsed and real estate, labor, and food prices plummeted. Many farmers, merchants, and plantation owners were impoverished. The depression that ensued, caused by rampant speculation promoted by banks under the economic policies of President Andrew Jackson, lasted nearly seven years. Farmers had been particularly reckless speculators. Easily enticed by get-rich-quick schemes, large numbers of them neglected their crops and gambled in stocks; many were greatly disappointed. It was in this national climate that Hicks made this small, quiet picture which, despite its modest subject, contains acute social commentary.

    In a spacious barn, a man sits cross-legged and hunched over his slate of accounts, his fingers splayed in a counting gesture. The brim of his gray hat obscures his face, but his preoccupation with “calculating” identifies him as a Yankee farmer, a member of the American citizenry often satirized during the period for relentless bargaining and economic self-interest. As early as the 1780s, the character of the “Yankee” appeared in popular literature and theater as both an icon of American self-proclamation and a humorous provincial figure. In the late 1820s, actor Jack Hackett described the stereotypical Yankee as, “enterprising and hardy-cunning in bargains” as well as “superstitious and bigoted,” “familiar and inquisitive” (James Hackett’s master notebook, ca. 1827, Enthoven Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, as quoted in Francis Hodge, “Yankee Theatre: The Image of America on the Stage, 1825-1850,” Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964, pp. 91-92). The character began to appear in American genre painting in the 1830s, particularly in the works of Hick’s contemporary, William Sidney Mount. Despite being cleaned out by the depression, Hicks’s calculating Yankee farmer continues to pour over his financials. His barn, with its worn plaster walls and rough hewn boards, is emptied of farm equipment and swept free of hay. The chair, draped furniture, and loyal, sleeping dog suggest the barn is serving as his home.

    Notwithstanding its clear connection to characteristic American social types and current events, “Calculating” is also related to seventeenth-century Dutch art. As a student at both the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design ( in 1839 and 1840 respectively), Hicks likely studied engravings of Dutch genre paintings by artists such as Pieter de Hooch and Gabriel Metsu. As products of a similar republican society, these interior scenes of leering housemaids, love struck ladies, and nursing mothers were popular in antebellum America, and often served as compositional templates for artists. “Calculating,” with its open door in the right background and subtle light source from the upper left, is reminiscent of these Dutch compositions (see for example, de Hooch’s “Interior of a Dutch House,” about 1640 [03.607]). In place of a seated woman reading or sewing, Hicks’s Yankee farmer concentrates on his own sort of “housekeeping.” Hicks’s adaptation of Dutch examples, which often depict a male suitor or solicitor departing the scene, is underscored by the woman riding away on horseback. The man’s activity at his slate implies that a transaction has just occurred between the two figures, although the nature of their business remains to be known.

    Hannah Blunt

    Inscription

    Reverse, before relining: "Calculating"/by T. Hicks/1844

    Provenance

    The artist; with the American Art-Union, 1844; to George B. Upton, Nantucket, M.A., 1844; with Victor Spark, New York; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1950; to MFA, 1962, gift of Maxim Karolik.

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.61 x 43.18 cm (13 5/8 x 17 in.)

    Accession Number

    62.273

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Ch. 50, Azumaya, from the series Lingering Sentiments of a Late Collection of Genji (Genji goshû yojô) [pun on The Fifty-four Chapters of the Tale of Genji (Genji gojûyojô)]

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1858 (Ansei 5), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 00.1852a-b, 11.29851-2

    Signed

    Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Horse 12 No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

    By 1900, William Perkins Babcock; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 5, 1900)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hockley, Public Spectacles, Personal Pleasures (2006), #50; Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #40-35

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban diptych; 36.6 x 50.9 cm (14 7/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    00.1852a-b

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sleeping Cat

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1885–89 (Meiji 18–22)
    Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Gyôsai) (Japanese, 1831–1889)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.5570 (fan), 47.47 (square, light background), 47.48 (square, dark background)

    Signed

    Kyôsai 狂斎

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Jokû

    Provenance

    1947, gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Demon of Painting (1993), #95

    Dimensions

    23.7 x 24.7 cm (9 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.47

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Hound Pointing

    1860
    Constant Troyon (French, 1810–1865)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: C. T R O Y O N 1860

    Provenance

    1861, Prosper Crabbe, Brussels [see note 1]. 1885, A. Dreyfus [see note 2]. 1889, E. Secrétan (d. 1899); July 1, 1889, Secrétan sale, Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, lot 78. Frederick Lothrop Ames (b. 1835 - d. 1893), Boston; by descent to his daughter, Mary Ames (Mrs. Louis A.) Frothingham (b. 1867), Boston; 1924, gift Mrs. Louis A. Frothingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 17, 1924) NOTES: [1] He acquired this painting at the Salon of 1861; see Louis Soullié, "Peintures, pastels, aquarelles, dessins de Constant Troyon" (Paris, 1900), p. 158. [2] According to a note in the MFA curatorial file; the source of this information is not known.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Louis A. Frothingham

    Details

    Dimensions

    163.8 x 130.5 cm (64 1/2 x 51 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.345

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • The Sleigh Ride

    about 1845
    James Goodwyn Clonney (American (born in England), 1812–67)

    Description

    In “The Sleigh Ride,” a young girl sits on a sled harnessed to a dog in imitation of an adult’s horse and sleigh. A boy, probably her brother, hands her a stick which she pretends is a horsewhip. Like children of today, youngsters of the mid-nineteenth century often played by mimicking adult behavior. The wooden sled was a popular toy, and children of both sexes went sliding or coasting as soon as snow conditions were favorable. Dogs, of course, were common pets, and caring for pets was thought to be good training for children.
    James Clonney, who had come to the United States from England as a young man, was among the first generation of genre painters. His simple and uncluttered pictures generally have few figures and are mildly humorous. He was reasonably popular in his own day, but he fell out of favor until rediscovered by the American art collector Maxim Karolik in the 1940s. Karolik considered “The Sleigh Ride” an archetypal expression of American daily life. He bought it and several other paintings by Clonney and gave them to the MFA as part of his great collection of nineteenth-century American art.

    This text was adapted from Carol Troyen and Janet Comey, “Children in American Art” (Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 2007, in Japanese).

    Provenance

    The artist; Mrs. P.H.B. Frelinghuysen, Manchester, Vermont; with Victor Spark, New York, 1946; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1947; to MFA, 1948, gift of Maxim Karolik.

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    63.5 x 86.36 cm (25 x 34 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.417

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Yotsuya, from the series One Hundred Beautiful Women at Famous Places in Edo (Edo meisho hyakunin bijo)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1858 (Ansei 5), 2nd month
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kunihisa II (Japanese, 1832–1891), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.15296, 11.29715, 11.45233

    Signed

    Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Kunihisa ga (inset) 豊国画(年玉枠)、国久画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Horse 2 No blockcutter's mark 改印:午二 彫師:なし

    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

    Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 25.4 cm (14 15/16 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.15296

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • A Fan of Ichikawa Monnosuke III, from the series Comparison of the Fans of Current Actors (Tôsei haiyû hiiki kurabe)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1820s
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iwatoya Kisaburô (Eirindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Konomi ni makase Gototei Kunisada ga 任好五渡亭国貞画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #57

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 39 x 26.5 cm (15 3/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.42344

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Cats Tempted by a Delicious Smell (above); Mice Eating While Cat Sleeps (below); from the series The War of Cats and Mice (Neko nezumi kassen)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month
    Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)

    Description

    Three prints from the set, possibly a triptych: 11.37779, 11.37780, 11.37781

    Signed

    Yoshitoshi giga (above), Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi gihitsu (below) 芳年戯画 一魁斎芳年戯筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Goat 9 aratame No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), p. 157, list #1

    Dimensions

    Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 37.1 x 25.8 cm (14 5/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.37780

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Cat with Head in Bag (above); Cats Attacking Mice (below); from the series The War of Cats and Mice (Neko nezumi kassen)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month
    Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)

    Description

    Three prints from the set, possibly a triptych: 11.37779, 11.37780, 11.37781

    Signed

    Yoshitoshi giga (above), Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi giga (below) 芳年戯画 一魁斎芳年戯画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Goat 9 aratame No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), p. 157, list #1

    Dimensions

    Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 37.1 x 25.8 cm (14 5/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.37781

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Cats Frightened by Toy Dog (above); Cat Using Mousetrap (below); from the series The War of Cats and Mice (Neko nezumi kassen)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month
    Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese)

    Description

    Three prints from the set, possibly a triptych: 11.37779, 11.37780, 11.37781

    Signed

    Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi giga (above), Yoshitoshi gihitsu (below) 一魁斎芳年戯画 芳年戯筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Goat 9 aratame No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), p. 157, list #1

    Dimensions

    Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 37.2 x 25.8 cm (14 5/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.37779

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sleeping Cat

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1885–89 (Meiji 18–22)
    Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Gyôsai) (Japanese, 1831–1889)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.5570 (fan), 47.47 (square, light background), 47.48 (square, dark background)

    Signed

    Kyôsai 狂斎

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Jokû

    Provenance

    Formerly in the Sumitomo collection; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; 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

    Clark, Demon of Painting (1993), #95

    Dimensions

    Uchiwa-e; 22.4 x 22.6 cm (8 13/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5570

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Women after the Bath Playing with a Cat

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1803 (Kyôwa 3)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned

    Provenance

    Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #586.1; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 205.2.1 (with photograph reversed); Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #603; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #130

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 25.4 cm (15 1/16 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6483

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Noon (Hi kokonotsu no toki): Woman Playing with Cat, Fishmonger and Dog, from the series Sundial of Modern Tradesmen (Tôsei akindo hidokei)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1821–23 (Bunsei 4–6)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsumuraya Saburobei (Nyoidô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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, Printed Treasures (2008), #120

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 39.5 x 26.7 cm (15 9/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.15955

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Courtesan with Cat on Leash

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1725 (Kyôhô 10)
    Artist Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764), Publisher Nakajimaya Izaemon (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Okumura Masanobu

    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

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 30.5 x 14.3 cm (12 x 5 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5767

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (beni-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color

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  • A Triptych of Charming Ladies (Enjo sanpukutsui): The Third Princess (Nyosan no miya) and Two Attendants

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Tamura Sadanobu (Japanese, active about 1725–1748), Publisher Murataya Jirobei (Eiyûdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Yamato gakô Tamura Sadanobu hitsu (on each design)

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (lot 593); December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 1 (1983), pls. 131-3

    Dimensions

    Uncut hosoban triptych; 33.5 x 46.7 cm (13 3/16 x 18 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5812

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color, nikawa, and metallic powder

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  • Shaving the Nape of the Neck, from the series Modern Eastern Brocade Prints (Tôsei Azuma nishiki-e)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1823 (Bunsei 6)
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Azumaya Daisuke (Kinshûdô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.42340, 34.516

    Signed

    Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    1934, bequest of Nellie Parney Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 4, 1934)

    Credit Line

    Nellie Parney Carter Collection—Bequest of Nellie Parney Carter

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vartical ôban; 36.8 x 26 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    34.516

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Riverside Restaurant, from the series Pictorial Gathering of Remarkable Women of the Floating World, Series Two (Ukiyo meijo zue nihen)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1822 (Bunsei 5)
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 39 x 26.8 cm (15 3/8 x 10 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.42351

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Bun'ya no Yasuhide, from the series Parodies of the Six Poetic Immortals (Nazorae Rokkasen)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem (Kokinshû 249, Hyakunin isshu 22): Fuku kara ni/ aki no kusaki no/ shioureba/ mube yamakaze o/ arashi to iuran

    Signed

    Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Hama, Magome No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #27

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 23.6 cm (14 7/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.43121

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Cat and Peonies

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Gekkitsu (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Gekkitsu (?) hitsu

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Uchiwa-e on horizontal aiban sheet; 21.8 x 27 cm (8 9/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.1211

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Somaru, from the series Fashionable Versions of Ink in Five Colors (Fûryû goshiki-zumi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1768 (Meiwa 5)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    MFA impressions of prints in the series: 21.8179 (title page), 21.4441 (Chôsui), 11.19452 (Sôzui), 21.4972 (Shiseki), 21.4440 and 11.22149 (Somaru)

    Inscription

    Poem by Somaru: Toshi wasure/ zatô hitori no/ Asahiyama

    Signed

    Harunobu ga 春信画

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #325; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #80; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #324.5, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 319

    Dimensions

    Vertical chuban; 28.2 x 20.9 cm (11 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.22149

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard

    about 1873
    Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915)

    Description

    Inscription

    lower right: monogram

    Provenance

    Purchased from Wilbur G Dice, Chrismen Illinois, September 23, 1964.

    Credit Line

    William A. Sargent Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 20.3 x 15.7 cm (8 x 6 3/16 in.) Sheet: 21.7 x 16.7 cm (8 9/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.1556

    Medium or Technique

    Pen, black ink and water over graphite pencil on dark cream wove paper

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  • Osen of the Kagiya Teahouse Playing with a Kitten

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1769 (Meiwa 6)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Harunobu ga 春信画

    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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #580; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #788, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 574

    Dimensions

    Hashira-e; 69.2 x 12.1 cm (27 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4543

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Okabe in Suruga Province: The Monster of the Cat Temple (Nekodera no kai); Tamashima Ittô, from the series Calligraphy and Pictures for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Shoga gojûsan eki)

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1872 (Meiji 5), 10th month
    Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Sawamuraya Seikichi (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 22 in the series.

    Signed

    Yoshitora ga, Môsai 芳虎画、孟斎

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Water Monkey (Jinshin, mizunoe saru) 10 No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #187

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Accession Number

    11.41449

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujô Mansion (Genji Rokujô no hana)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (Kunitsuna II) (Japanese, 1830–1874), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Triptych: 11.15169 (center), 11.15178 (left), 11.15233 (right)

    MFA impressions: 00.761 (left sheet only), 11.15169VR (11.15169, 11.15178, 11.15233), 11.43490a-c, 11.45114a-c, 11.45367 (right sheet only)

    Signed

    Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet); Hanmoto no ôkô ni tsuki monjin Kunitsuna hojo (With the help of his pupil Kunitsuna, in accordance with the wishes of the publisher; on left sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)

    Markings

    Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12 No blockcutter's mark 改印:  改、寅十二 彫師:  なし

    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

    Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G506 (no photo)

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.9 x 76.4 cm (14 1/2 x 30 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.15169, 11.15178, 11.15233

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Ch. 35, Wakana no ge, from the series The Color Print Contest of a Modern Genji (Ima Genji nishiki-e awase)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 2nd month
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    MFA impressions, all with number in circle: 01.5694, 11.20788, 11.20871, 11.20938

    Signed

    Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)

    Markings

    Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 2 No blockcutter's mark

    Credit Line

    Gift of Messrs. Kanakogi, Mitsutani, and Kawai

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #13

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 25.6 x 17.9 cm (10 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.5694

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Woman Sewing and Playful Kitten

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1797–98 (Kansei 9–10)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Yamaguchiya Chûemon (Chûsuke) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

    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

    Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #405.3?

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 39 x 25.8 cm (15 3/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.14260

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actor Ichikawa Udanji I as the Courtesan Michinoku

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1873 (Meiji 6), 2nd month
    Artist Ichiyôsai Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899), Publisher Yaozen

    Description

    Play: Keisei Nazuna no Sekku (Courtesans at the Festival of Spring Flowers)
    Theater: Kado

    Signed

    Yoshitaki hitsu 芳瀧筆

    Markings

    画家の印章: なし 版元: 八尾善 改印: なし

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 121

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 24 x 18.1 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.35526

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Actors Ichikawa Udanji I as the Ghost (Rei) of Michinoku (R) and Kataoka Shôtarô as Kochô no Mae (L), in Keisei Nazuna no Sekku

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1873 (Meiji 6), 2nd month
    Artist Ichiyôsai Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899), Publisher Horiokame (Japanese)

    Description

    Play: Keisei Nazuna no Sekku (Courtesans at the Festival of Spring Flowers)
    Theater: Kado

    Signed

    Yoshitaki ga (on right sheet), Yoshitaki hitsu (on left sheet) 芳瀧画 芳瀧筆

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 121

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban diptych; 24.2 x 35.7 cm (9 1/2 x 14 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36147a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper, with embossing

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  • Civets, Pine Tree, Birds, and Flowers

    Matsu ni jakoneko zu byôbu

    Japanese
    Muromachi period
    mid-16th century
    Attributed to Kano Utanosuke (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

    Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 7, pg. 122: no. 27

    Dimensions

    160.1 x 348.8 cm (63 1/16 x 137 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6781

    Medium or Technique

    Six-panel folding screen; ink and color on paper

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  • Arno

    1839
    Horatio Greenough (American, 1805–1852)

    Object Place: Florence, Italy

    Description

    Greenough was America’s first important sculptor in marble. Inspired by painter Washington Allston, whose work is displayed nearby, Greenough traveled to Italy to seek professional training. In Rome, he apprenticed with Danish master Bertel Thorwaldsen, among the era’s leading Neoclassical sculptors. In 1828 Greenough’s Florence studio became a center for traveling American artists, writers, and patrons. Many visitors met Greenough’s beloved greyhound Arno, named after the river that runs through Florence. Greenough doubtless captured Arno’s actual appearance, but the piece also recalls the realistic sculptures of dogs, popular in ancient Rome.

    Provenance

    Mr. Whitwell, Boston; William Sturgis, Boston; Peter Charden Brooks, Medford, Massachusetts; Edward Everett, Cambridge, Massachusetts; William Everett, Quincy, Massachusetts; John Horrigan, Quincy; Gerald Horrigan, Braintree, Massachusetts; purchased in 1973 by the Museum.

    Credit Line

    Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 64.1 x 130.8 x 57.2cm (25 1/4 x 51 1/2 x 22 1/2in.) Mount (Rolling steel base with 7/8" thick painted wooden skirts): 91.4 x 103.8 x 180 cm (36 x 40 7/8 x 70 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.601

    Medium or Technique

    Marble

    On View

    Liberty Mutual Gallery (Gallery 136)

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  • The Cats' Rendezvous

    Le Rendez-vous des Chats

    1868
    Edouard Manet (French, 1832–1883)

    Description

    Provenance

    PDP Register entry: Date acquired, 3/3/1932

    Credit Line

    Gift of W. G. Russell Allen

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Harris 58, 2; Guérin 74; Moreau-Nélaton 080

    Dimensions

    Image: 48.5 x 38.5 cm (19 1/8 x 15 3/16 in.) Sheet: 42.7 x 33 cm (16 13/16 x 13 in.)

    Accession Number

    32.472

    Medium or Technique

    Crayon lithograph

    Out on Loan

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

    Collections

    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Prints, Posters

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  • Amulet of a cat

    Nubian
    Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
    743–712 B.C.

    Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry)

    Description

    Greenish-gray marble. Left ear missing. Hole in back of neck for metal suspension ring.

    Provenance

    From el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.4 x 1.5 x 2.5 cm (1 3/4 x 9/16 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.305

    Medium or Technique

    Dolomitic marble

    On View

    Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Japanese postcard

    Japanese
    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

    2002.14234

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Tile picture depicting a cat

    Dutch (Delft)
    18th century

    Description

    Six tiles mounted in a wooden frame depicting a cat seated on marbleized ledge. Painted in manganese.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Abby Rockefeller Mauze

    Details

    Dimensions

    41.9 x 29.1 cm (16 1/2 x 11 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.320

    Medium or Technique

    Tin-glazed earthenware

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

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  • Young Woman with Cat from Jogaku sekai

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1907
    Ikeda Shôen (Japanese, 1886–1917 Japanese), Publisher Hakubunkan (Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Edward S. Morse Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2007.679

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock Right side is perforated

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

    1909
    Illustrated by Arthur Rackham (English, 1867–1939), Author Jacob Grimm (German, 1785–1863 German), Author Wilhelm Karl Grimm (German, 1786–1859 German), Translator Mrs. Edgar (Alice) Lucas (1851/2–1935), Publisher The Doubleday Publishing Group

    Place of Publication: New York, USA

    Description

    New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1909

    Provenance

    By 1938, Mrs. George Edward Clark; 1938, gift of Mrs. George Edward Clark to the MFA. (Accession date: May 11, 1939)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. George Edward Clark

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.3 x 20 x 6.5 cm (9 15/16 x 7 7/8 x 2 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    38.860

    Medium or Technique

    Illustrated book with photomechanical color and black-and-white relief prints

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Illustrated Books

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  • Harimaze

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1878 (Meiji 11), June 7
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (Japanese, 1842–1894), Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Gyôsai) (Japanese, 1831–1889), Publisher Mizuno Keijirô (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ryûsai

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Accession Number

    11.37212

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Woman Playing with Cat, from the series Thirty-six Elegant Selections of Charming Figures (Tsuya sugata sanjûrokkasen)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 10th month
    Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Other artist Ryôko (Japanese, active 1860s–early 1870s), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Kunichika ga 国周画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Ox 10 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 丑十改

    Provenance

    By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Accession Number

    00.908

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Two Women with a Dog

    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

    2002.2480

    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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  • Woman with Dog

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2002.2494

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Dog Barking at the Moon

    Japanese
    Taishô era
    Sugiura Hisui (Japanese, 1876–1965), Publisher Kamigataya, Ginza (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

    2002.1166

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Girl, Toys and Dogs Walking, illustration for The Christmas Letter

    About 1905–07
    Wuanita Smith (American, 1866–1959 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: W. Smith for the Christmas Letter.

    Provenance

    Phyllis J. Liebman, Jaffrey, NH; gift to MFA, October 1985.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Larry J. and Phyllis J. Liebman

    Details

    Dimensions

    36.83 x 33.02 cm (14 1/2 x 13 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.763

    Medium or Technique

    Black chalk, red and black wash on illustration board

    Not On View

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

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    Drawings

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  • Dog in Mourning

    1870
    Henry Bacon (American, active about 1768 to after 1780)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: Henry Bacon/Paris July 1870

    Provenance

    The artist; Mrs. Julia Appleton Bird; to MFA, 1982, gift of Mrs. Julia Appleton Bird.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Charles Sumner Bird (Julia Appleton Bird)

    Details

    Dimensions

    32.38 x 24.76 cm (12 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.638

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Not On View

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    Americas

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • The Christmas Tree, illustration for The Christmas Letter

    about 1905–07
    Wuanita Smith (American, 1866–1959 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Upper left: W. Smith. for The Christmas Letter.

    Provenance

    Phyllis J. Liebman, Jaffrey, NH; gift to MFA, October 1985.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Larry J. and Phyllis J. Liebman

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 36.2 x 31.8 cm (14 1/4 x 12 1/2 in.) Sheet: 50.2 x 36.8 cm (19 3/4 x 14 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1985.762

    Medium or Technique

    Black chalk, red and black wash on illustration board

    Not On View

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

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    Drawings

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  • Moon at Ryôgoku Bridge (Ryôgoku no tsuki), from the series Noted Spots for Moon-viewing in the Eastern Capital (Tôto tsuki no meisho)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kawachiya Chôzô (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censor's seal

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #62 (different colors)

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.4 cm (14 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.36365

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Woman, Cat, and Kotatsu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1796 (Kansei 8), mid-year
    Artist Utagawa Kunimasa (Japanese, 1773–1810), Publisher Uemura Yohei (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Kunimasa ga 国政画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    Formerly in the Sumitomo collection; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 9 (1981), list #1.015

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.5 cm (14 3/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7027

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Dog amulet

    Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
    Iron Age
    7th–4th century B.C.

    Description

    Amulet, in the form of an animal (dog?). Green patina. Suspension ring on back of neck.

    Provenance

    From Luristan, 1930: purchased by the MFA through Mr. Upham Pope.* (Accession date: August 7, 1930) *Ninety-five objects, numbered 30.544-30.637 were purchased as a group for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission.

    Credit Line

    Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    30.625

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Kiso Yoshinaka (R), Arashi Sangorô III as Saigyô Hôshi (C) and Iwai Hanshirô V as Utsushie-hime (L)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1815 (Bunka 12), 1st month
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamashiroya Tôemon (Japanese)

    Description

    Triptych: 11.22203 (center), 11.22204 (left), 11.22205 (right)

    Sheets are attached out of order; sheet shown at left (Danjûrô as Yoshinaka) should be at right.

    Play: Zôho Fujimi Saigyô
    Theater: Ichimura

    Signed

    Gototei Kunisada ga, Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画 国貞画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極

    Provenance

    By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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

    Vertical ôban triptych; 37.3 x 76.8 cm (14 11/16 x 30 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.22203-5

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Amulet of Anubis

    Egyptian
    Roman Imperial Period
    30 B.C.–A.D 364

    Place of Origin: Egypt

    Description

    Brilliant blue-green glaze; couchant figure of jackal, (Anubis), with one ear broken.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.4 x 7.3 x 2.5 cm (2 7/8 x 1 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.1598

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • "Symphonie Automnale - Manteau, et robe d'après-midi, de Worth," plate 71 from Gazette du Bon Ton, Volume 2, No. 9

    French
    November 1922
    George Barbier (French, 1882–1932), Illustrating design by House of Worth (French, 1858-1956), Publisher Librairie Centrale des Beaux-arts

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    De Worth, un manteau et une robe d’après-midi en crèpe de chine broché or et argent et garni de fourrure.

    Provenance

    By 1952, William Morris Hunt Memorial Library; accessioned by MFA, Boston, February 12, 2004

    Credit Line

    Transferred from the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 25.4 x 19.1 cm (10 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    2004.54.7

    Medium or Technique

    Lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Books and manuscripts, Books

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  • Pictures and Songs

    1887
    Randolph Caldecott (English, 1846–1886 English)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Ellen T. Bullard

    Details

    Dimensions

    39.05 cm (15 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    56.885

    Not On View

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    Europe, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Illustrated Books

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  • In the Manner of Matsusuke (Matsusuke fû): Woman Playing with Kittens, with Inset of Actor Onoe Matsusuke I on a Fan, from the series Floating World Scenes with the Perfume of the Stage (Ukiyo butai kô)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Tsumuraya Saburobei (Nyoidô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Toyokuni ga 豊国画

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 26.4 cm (15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.13663

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Inukai Genpachi Fights a Cat Monster on Mount Kôshin

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1850–51 (Kaei 3–4)
    Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active about 1836–1887), Publisher Kojimaya Jûbei (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichimôsai Yoshitora ga (on each sheet) 一猛斎芳虎画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Chiba City Mus., Ukiyo-e ni egakareta kodomotachi (2014), #290; Chiba City Mus., Hakkenden no sekai (2008), #116; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003), #130; Zusetsu Nihon no koten 19, Kyokutei Bakin (1980), fig. 347

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych

    Accession Number

    11.41383a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujô Mansion (Genji Rokujô no hana)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month
    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (Kunitsuna II) (Japanese, 1830–1874), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.15169VR (11.15169, 11.15178, 11.15233), 11.43490a-c, 11.45114a-c, 11.45367 (right sheet only)

    Signed

    Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet); Hanmoto no ôkô ni tsuki monjin Kunitsuna hojo (With the help of his pupil Kunitsuna, in accordance with the wishes of the publisher; on left sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)

    Markings

    Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12 No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G506 (no photo)

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 74.7 cm (14 3/16 x 29 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.43490a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Inabanosuke

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Wakau (Japanese)

    Description

    Center sheet of incomplete triptych.

    Play: Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi
    Theater: Ichimura

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Hama No blockcutter's mark

    Provenance

    1949, gift of Porter Sargent to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Porter Sargent

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #171

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.4 cm (14 3/4 x 10 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.1246

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Fifty-three Stations: Okazaki

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1850 (Kaei 3)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ezakiya Kichibei (Tenjudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Hama Artist's seal: kiri Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Hama

    Provenance

    1949, gift of Porter Sargent to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Porter Sargent

    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.6 x 37.7 cm (10 1/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.1248

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Woman Hanging a Scroll and Playful Cat

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1766–67 (Meiwa 3–4)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無款

    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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #143; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #380, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 229

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 27.5 x 20.6 cm (10 13/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.13406

    Medium or Technique

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

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints

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  • Osen of the Kagiya and a Young Man with a Cat

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1769 (Meiwa 6)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Harunobu ga 春信画

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse cat. #467; Ukiyo-e shuka 4 (1979), list #275, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 359

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 28.2 x 21.9 cm (11 1/8 x 8 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.19496

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Third Princess (Nyosan no Miya) and Her Cat

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1760–62 (Hôreki 10–12)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770), Publisher Iwatoya Genpachi (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Yûyami wa/ michi tadotadoshi/ tsuki machite/ kaere waga seko/ sono ma ni mo min

    Signed

    Suzuki Harunobu hitsu 鈴木春信筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Harunobu

    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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #007; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), p. 12; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #93, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 1

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 41.4 x 28.7 cm (16 5/16 x 11 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4983

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Woman and Two Children with Cat and Pet Mouse

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Harunobu ga 春信画

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#494); 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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #403; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #242, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 387

    Dimensions

    Hosoban; 31.2 x 14.6 cm (12 5/16 x 5 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4442

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Poem by Somaru, from the series Fashionable Versions of Ink in Five Colors (Fûryû goshiki-zumi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1768 (Meiwa 5)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    MFA impressions of prints in the series: 21.8179 (title page), 21.4441 (Chôsui), 11.19452 (Sôzui), 21.4972 (Shiseki), 21.4440 and 11.22149 (Somaru)

    Inscription

    Poem by Somaru: Toshi wasure/ zatô hitori no/ Asahiyama

    Signed

    Harunobu ga 春信画

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#290); 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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #324; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #80; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #324.5, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 144

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 27.7 x 20.9 cm (10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4440

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Third Princess (Nyosan no miya) and Her Cat

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Suzuki Harunobu ga 鈴木春信画

    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

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #474; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 403

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 28.1 x 20.4 cm (11 1/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4487

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Girl with Cat

    1856
    William Morris Hunt (American, 1824–1879)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right, along hem of dress: Wm M Hunt. 1856

    Provenance

    The artist; commissioned by Edmund Dwight, Boston, 1856; to MFA, 1900, bequest of Edmund Dwight.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Edmund Dwight

    Details

    Dimensions

    107 x 84.77 cm (42 1/8 x 33 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    00.504

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Out on Loan

    On display at Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, May 31, 2014 – September 14, 2014

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  • Puss Welcomes the King, the Princess and His Master

    about 1873
    Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915)

    Description

    Inscription

    Each signed with initial C enclosing a stylized crane between two V's (=W) in LR in watercolor

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner; 4 January, 1892

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sight: 20.5 x 15.5 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    92.2575

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Puss Kills the Ogre, and Takes His Lands for His Master

    about 1873
    Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915)

    Description

    Inscription

    Each signed with initial C enclosing a stylized crane in LL in watercolor

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner; acquired 4 January 1892

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 20.3 x 15.7 cm (8 x 6 3/16 in.) Sheet: 21.6 x 16.7 cm (8 1/2 x 6 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    92.2576

    Medium or Technique

    Pen, black ink and watercolor over graphite on off-white wove paper

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  • Puss Comforts His Master, the Miller's Son

    about 1873
    Walter Crane (English, 1845–1915)

    Description

    Inscription

    Each signed with initial C enclosing a stylized crane between two V's (=W) in LL in watercolor

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner; acquired 4 January, 1892

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. John L. Gardner

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sight: 20.5 x 15.5 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    92.2581

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Sleeping Cat and Butterflies 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

    01.8477.1

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Cat Hunting a Rat

    Nezumi wo nerau neko

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1877 (Meiji 10)
    Isseisai Toshikazu (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-Ukiyo-489

    Dimensions

    Image: 126 x 32.7 cm (49 5/8 x 12 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.7830

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Two Children

    1843
    Jefferson Gauntt (American, 1805–1864 American)

    Description

    In the early nineteenth century, the out-of-doors was considered a male domain, and girls were generally depicted in domestic settings. By 1831, however, Lydia Child argued in “The Mother’s Book” that girls as well as boys would benefit from open air and should be allowed to play outside. Jefferson Gauntt seems to have taken such assertions to heart and painted all his known portraits of children in outdoor settings. Although we do not know the names of the sister and brother in this portrait, we do know (from an inscription on the back of the painting) that Gauntt painted them in Brooklyn, New York. Gauntt settled there in 1832 after studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, and spending several years traveling along the East Coast painting portraits. He worked in Brooklyn until at least 1857; “Two Children” is one of the most charming of the portraits of children for which he became known.
    Although sister and brother wear similar dresses, there are differences: the girl’s pantaloons have more lace than her brother’s, and his costume is decorated with buttons, a type of ornamentation more characteristically male. Although boys were more commonly shown with dogs, the brother holds a cat. The girl carries a typically feminine bouquet of flowers and affectionately drapes a protective arm over her brother’s shoulders.

    This text was adapted from Carol Troyen and Janet Comey, “Children in American Art” (Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 2007, in Japanese).

    Inscription

    Reverse, before relining: Painted by J. Gaunt Brooklyn 1843

    Provenance

    The artist; private collection, Long Island; with Victor Spark, New York, 1945; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1945; to MFA, 1947, gift of Maxim Karolik.

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    127 x 101.28 cm (50 x 39 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1161

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Little Miss Hone

    1824
    Samuel Finley Breese Morse (American, 1791–1872 American)

    Description

    Samuel F. B. Morse was an artist before he became an inventor. Shortly after graduating from Yale College, Morse went to England for four years of study. During the late eighteenth century in Great Britain, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and others had painted numerous pictures of children in a sentimental manner. Cats were often included in pictures of little girls, and in some paintings, such as Joseph Wright of Derby’s Two Girls Decorating a Cat by Candlelight (1770, English Heritage, Kenwood House, London), the kitten’s young owners played with them as if they were babies. When, after returning to the United States, Morse was commissioned by Isaac Hone, an affluent New York auctioneer, to paint his five-year-old daughter, he remembered the art that he had seen in England and decided to show her rehearsing for her future role as a mother. Morse wrote to his wife in 1824, “I am engaged in painting the full length portrait of Mr. Hone’s little daughter a pretty little girl just as old as Susan [Morse’s daughter]… . I shall paint her with a cat set up in her lap like a baby, with a towel under its chin, and a cap on its head, and she employed in feeding it with a spoon.”[1]Mimicking adulthood, Mary Hone is dressed up in a fancy hat, elegant gown, and shawl. Her stylish attire and the fashionable Greek Revival furnishings of her surroundings underscore her family’s wealth.
    Morse continued his successful career as a portraitist, highlighted by his commission to paint the French general Lafayette during his 1824–25 visit to the United States. He became a founder and first president of the National Academy of Design. However, Morse’s attempts at history painting, which was his real interest, were unappreciated, and in 1837 he abandoned art to pursue his electrical studies, leading to his great inventions.

    Notes
    1. Samuel F. B. Morse to his wife, December 6, 1824, Archives, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    This text was adapted from Carol Troyen and Janet L. Comey, Amerikakaigakodomo no sekai [Children in American art], exh. cat. (Nagoya, Japan: Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 2007).

    Provenance

    1824, father of the sitter, Isaac Hone, New York. By 1928, John F. Braun, Merion, Pa. By 1932, Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist (first Mrs. Edward Bok, later Mrs. Efrem Zimbalist, 1876-1970), Philadelphia. 1944, sold by John Levy Galleries, New York to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1948)

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    76.52 x 63.82 cm (30 1/8 x 25 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.455

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas mounted on plywood

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    C. Kevin and G. Barrie Landry Gallery (Gallery 126)

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  • Black Cat on a Chair

    third quarter 19th century
    Andrew L. von Wittkamp (American, 1850s American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: Andrew L. von Wittkamp M.D.

    Provenance

    The artist; private collection, Red Bank, N.J.; with Victor Spark, 1944; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1944; to MFA, 1948, bequest of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    92.07 x 74.61 cm (36 1/4 x 29 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.494

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Double-sided votive relief

    Egyptian
    Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
    305–30 B.C.

    Description

    Although hundreds of relief plaques have survived from the Ptolemaic Dynasty, few are as fine and interesting as this one, decorated on both sides. The modeling of the cat is unusually bold and almost three-dimensional. Although it is widely regarded as the most Egyptian of animals, the sacred cat was a fairly late development in Egyptian religion, beginning about 1000 B.C., when the female of the species was identified with the goddess Bastet (formerly a lioness). She is ornamented with a necklace of cowrie shells, symbols of fertility, and a pendant in the form of the eye of Horus.

    The ram-headed deity on the other side may be Khnum, the creator god that formed humankind from Nile clay, Harsaphes, or any of a number of Egyptian ram-gods all represented in the same fashion. He has a triangular depression beneath the chin meant to receive an inlay for a divine beard, and two pairs of long, upward-curving, corkscrew horns. The horns are those of a species that died out in Egypt during the Middle Kingdom (Ovis longipes paleoaegypticus), but they were retained as a symbol of divinity. These corkscrew horns appear to be unfinished. For this reason, plaques like this are often called trial pieces or sculptor’s models, but they are more likely to have been votive offerings in honor of the king or a god.

    Provenance

    By 1951: Charles L. Morley collection, NY; 1951: purchased by the MFA from Charles L. Morley for $2400. (Accession Date: November 8, 1951)

    Credit Line

    Helen and Alice Colburn Fund, Martha A. Willcomb Fund, and Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x length: 20.5 x 22.2 x 1.1 cm (8 1/16 x 8 3/4 x 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    51.2474

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

    On View

    Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

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  • Two Cats. Poster for an Exhibition of works drawn and painted by T. A. Steinlen, A. La Bodinière

    Exposition De L'Ouvre Dessiné Et Peint De T.-A. Steinlen

    1894
    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

    Description

    No artist is more identified with cat imagery than Théophile Alexandre Steinlen. He depicted feline grace and beauty in infinite varieties in posters, books, paintings, drawings, and prints. He had a well-deserved reputation as a pioneer in color lithography; this color lithograph is a proof before letters of a design for a poster announcing an exhibition of Steinlen’s own work in 1894.

    Provenance

    W. G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955); bequest to MFA June 8, 1960

    Credit Line

    Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    De Crauzat 492, Proof; Bargiel and Zagrodzki 14 A2

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 59.1 x 48.7 cm (23 1/4 x 19 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    60.744

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph and watercolor, proof before letters on china paper

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  • Les Chats

    1898
    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

    Description

    Inscription

    Recto: in pencil, l.r.: A.61209

    Credit Line

    Lee M. Friedman Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ref. De Crauzat, no. 598; Artist and the book, no. 293

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 40.9 x 30 cm (16 1/8 x 11 13/16 in.); Overall: 40.9 x 60.1 cm (16 1/8 x 23 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    61.685

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph printed in gray-green, black and peach ink

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  • Two Cats Sleeping

    1920
    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

    Description

    Inscription

    In black chalk, l.r.: Steinlen/Paris 1920; and below: 10 Juillet –20

    Provenance

    January 11, 1967, purchased from the artist's daughter, Madame Pierre Roger Desormière, Paris, by the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 48 x 63 cm (18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in. )

    Accession Number

    67.19

    Medium or Technique

    Black chalk on dark cream laid paper

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  • Prowling Cat; verso: Male Nude Figure Study and Reclining Cat Study

    undated
    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

    Description

    For Steinlen, the curvilinear form of the cat was the animal equivalent to the art nouveau lily. As well as the form and line, Steinlen could capture the way of the cat - its mood and motion - through the flick of a tail or watchful stare.

    Inscription

    In black chalk, l.r.: Steinlen

    Provenance

    January 11, 1967, purchased from the artist's daughter, Madame Pierre Roger Desormière, Paris, by the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 65 x 50 cm (25 9/16 x 19 11/16 in. )

    Accession Number

    67.21

    Medium or Technique

    Pastel (recto) and black chalk (verso) on brown wove paper

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  • Boy with a Cat

    about 1845
    Unidentified artist, American, mid-19th century (American)

    Description

    Provenance

    The artist; with Victor Spark, New York, 1948; to Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1948; to MFA, 1981, gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

    Details

    Dimensions

    86.68 x 68.58 cm (34 1/8 x 27 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.106

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • What Is the Cat Trying To Do? ( Neko wa nani o shitsutsu aruka?) from Ehagaki sekai

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1908
    Komeno Hakusui (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese), Publisher Kokkei shinbun sha (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 (untrimmed): 14 x 10.5 cm (5 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1752

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Sleeping Cat

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1885–89 (Meiji 18–22)
    Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Gyôsai) (Japanese, 1831–1889)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.5570 (fan), 47.47 (square, light background), 47.48 (square, dark background)

    Signed

    Kyôsai 狂斎

    Provenance

    1947, gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Clark, Demon of Painting (1993), #95

    Dimensions

    24.4 x 25.5 cm (9 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.48

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Parody of the Four Sleepers

    Mitate shisui zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Tenpo 15 (1844)
    Toshika (Japanese, dates unknown 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-Ukiyo-461

    Dimensions

    Image: 92 x 57.2 cm (36 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4638

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

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  • Cat and Butterfly

    Japanese
    Late 19th century
    Mori Kansai (Japanese, 1814–1894)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 56.3 x 47.5 cm (22 3/16 x 18 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4743

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Snarling Cats in Crescent Moon (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

    2002.1109

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Collection of the Chat Noir

    Collection du Chat Noir

    1898
    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

    Description

    This poster advertises the sale of the collection of Rodolphe Salis, the owner of the Chat Noir, which opened in 1881 as the first cabaret in Paris. The artistic patrons of the Chat Noir and its irreverent performances of songs, plays, readings, and parades set the anything-goes tone for Montmartre. Its shadow theater, which combined colored lights, painted backgrounds, and sound effects with sophisticated cut-outs (emphasizing bold shapes and expressive silhouettes), was especially influential on the development of art in Toulouse-Lautrec’s circle.

    Provenance

    International Poster Gallery, MA; Purchased by MFA, March 20, 2002

    Credit Line

    Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund and partial gift of James A. Lapides

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bargiel and Zagrodzki 32

    Dimensions

    Framed: 155.3 x 117.2 x 4.8 cm (61 1/8 x 46 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.) Sheet: 139.4 x 99.1 cm (54 7/8 x 39 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.62

    Medium or Technique

    Poster, color lithograph printed in black and red

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    Europe, Prints and Drawings

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    Prints, Posters

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  • New Herbs (Wakana) II from the series The Tale of Genji

    Wakana Ge

    Japanese
    late Meiji era
    1905
    Kajita Hanko (Japanese, 1870–1917 Japanese), Publisher Bun'endo (Japanese, dated 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

    2002.967

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on coated card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Merchant's Daughter

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Mizuno Toshikata (Japanese, 1866–1908)

    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

    2002.1034

    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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  • Playing with a Cat (Neko jarashi) from Ehagaki sekai

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1908
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Kokkei shinbun sha (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 (untrimmed): 14 x 10.5 cm (5 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.1880

    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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  • Young Girl with Cat by the Window

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Shinbi Publishing (Shinbi shoin) (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

    2002.2438

    Medium or Technique

    Relief print; ink on card stock

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

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    Postcards

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  • Cat at Night (Yoru no neko) from Nikkan ehagaki

    Japanese
    late Meiji era
    Hôgai (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese), Publisher Ishiyakushi gabô (Japanese), Printer Itô shuei kan (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

    2002.3017

    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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  • Cat with a Cricket with a Haiku Poem from Nikkan ehagaki

    Japanese
    late Meiji era
    Artist Unidentified, Japanese, Printer Itô shuei kan (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

    2002.3168

    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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  • Playing with a Cat (Jarashi nosô) from The Series One Hundred View of Erotic Women (Enshi hyakumensô)

    Japanese
    Taishô-early Shôwa era
    Hidenobu (Japanese)

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2002.18554

    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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  • Sleeping Cat

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859–1923)

    Description

    The cat, whether slumbering, alert to a sound, or ready to pounce, was a source of deep inspiration for the artist T-A. Steinlen, who depicted his favored creature in virtually all media. This color intaglio print in soft-ground etching, aquatint, and drypoint reveals Steinlen’s superb ability as a technician of printmaking as well as draughtsman..

    Inscription

    Recto: in pencil, u.r.: C 98; in pencil, l.r.: Steinlen's signature; in pencil, l.l.: 9/22; in red crayon, l.l.: (10 en couleur); in pencil, l.r.: 1.33615; in red, l.r.: ...[illegible]... 3 [in a circle]

    Markings

    Recto: in black ink, l.r.: stamp of M. L. Guérin

    Provenance

    Colnaghi & Co. (London); from whom purchased by MFA February 12, 1942

    Credit Line

    Fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    De Crauzat 098

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 11.9 x 23.4 cm (4 11/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    42.44

    Medium or Technique

    Softground etching, aquatint, and drypoint, printed in yellow and black from two zinc plates

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  • R. Caldecott's Collection of Pictures and Songs

    about 1880
    After Randolph Caldecott (English, 1846–1886 English)

    Description

    Provenance

    Sir Harold Hartley Collection purchased April 14, 1955 from the John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund. Number assigned by V/C.

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    23.6 cm (9 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    55.1292

    Medium or Technique

    Wood engravings

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    Prints and Drawings

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    Illustrated Books

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  • Amulet of a cat

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Ptolemaic Dynasty
    1550–30 B.C.

    Description

    Faience; pale blue; stripe of green on base; smooth surface; figure of cat with left ear broken off; suspension ring at back of neck.

    Provenance

    By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.2517

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Amulet of a cat

    Egyptian

    Description

    Faience; yellow green; slight glaze; tips of ears broken off; ring at back.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.2522

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

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    Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Bronze cat

    Egyptian
    Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
    305–30 B.C.

    Description

    Seated cat figurine of bronze with some areas well polished. Some indications of bronze disease. One ear is particularly corroded. Shape includes cylindrical peg for attachment.

    Provenance

    By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.4455a

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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    The Ancient World

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    Sculpture

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  • Amulet of a cat

    Egyptian

    Description

    Faience, bright yellow green and uniform in color; without glaze and somewhat incrusted.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Dr. James Grant

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 1.9 x 1.3 cm (3/4 x 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    82.193

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

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    Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Cat head

    Egyptian
    Late Period
    760–343 B.C.

    Description

    Cat head made of a soft wood. It is much worn. There are holes for inlaid eyes.

    Provenance

    Egypt

    Credit Line

    Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    03.1816

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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    The Ancient World

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  • Amulet in the form of a cat

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
    1539–1295/1292 B.C.

    Findspot: Deir el-Bahari, Egypt

    Description

    Recumbent cat of green glaze, couched on small rectangle inscribed as in sketch on under side.

    Provenance

    From Deir el-Bahari.

    Credit Line

    Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 1.1 x 1.2 cm (7/16 x 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.2498

    Medium or Technique

    Glazed steatite

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • The Third Princess (Nyosan no miya) and Her Cat

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.19508, 21.4654

    Signed

    Suzuki Harunobu ga 鈴木春信画

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #305; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), p. 14; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #382, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 308

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 27 x 20.3 cm (10 5/8 x 8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4654

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Amulet of Sekhmet

    Nubian
    Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani
    664–653 B.C.

    Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Pyramid 16

    Description

    Pendant fragment of a cat-headed goddess wearing a sun disk and broad collar.

    Provenance

    From el-Kurru, Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani). 1919: 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

    Accession Number

    19.2211

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Statuette of a cat

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 26 or later
    664–30 B.C.

    Description

    Seated figure of a cat in hollow cast bronze. The tail is curled to the front, both ears are pierced and a lotus garland with a fish pendant hangs from the neck.

    Provenance

    By 1953: Lucy Aldrich collection, Providence, RI; 1953: given to the MFA by Lucy Aldrich. (Accession Date: November 1, 1953)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 15.9 x 6.6 x 13.6 cm (6 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 5 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    53.2385

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    On View

    Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

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    The Ancient World

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    Sculpture

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  • Statuette of a cat

    Egyptian
    Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
    305–30 B.C.

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1974: collection of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer; 1974: given to the MFA by Mrs. Mayer. (Accession date: January 8, 1975)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1974.574

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

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    The Ancient World

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    Sculpture

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  • Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival (Asakusa tanbo Torinomachi môde), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese)

    Description

    No. 101 (winter section) on the title page for the series.

    MFA impressions: 11.36876.65, 11.45668, 18.26, 21.9503

    Signed

    Hiroshige ga 広重画

    Markings

    Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 11 No blockcutter's mark 画家の印章: なし 版元: 魚屋栄吉 改印: 改・巳十一

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #1; Sakai, Hiroshige Edo fûkei (1996), list #12.7, pls. 133, 134; Smith & Poster, 100 Views (1986), #101; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 250, vertical ôban #62.7

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24.5 cm (14 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9503

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya, from the series Selections from Six Houses of the Yoshiwara (Seirô rokkasen)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1801 (Kansei 13/Kyôwa 1)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Ômiya Gonkurô (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.6581, 54.266

    Signed

    Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

    Provenance

    March 1918, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #314.4; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 58.1.4

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25.2 cm (14 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6581

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • White Cat Hissing at Its Reflection in a Black Lacquer Mirror Stand

    Japanese
    Edo period
    late 1820s–early 1830s
    Artist Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)

    Description

    Poems translated in McKee 2006, p. 142; and Mirviss w/ Carpenter 2000, p. 116.

    Inscription

    Poem by Shôjô Nomimasu: Ada nari to/ mizute nokiba ni/ yukikayou/ hito ni wa toku na/ hana no shitahimo Poem by Sankyôrô Noritaka: Nomi akasu/ sake/yori wa mazu/ hana ni yoite/ chiru ichirin n/o kata ni kakareru Poem by [Nan?]tei Miuo: Senkin no/ atai/no/haru/ni/ zare uta no/ hana ni isshu mo/ idenu wabishisa あたなりと うすて附はに 行通ふ ひとにはとくな 花のしたひも  猩猩呑升 のみ明す さけよりハ先 花に酔て 遅る一りんの かたにかゝれる  山橋楼範高 千金の 価の春に され歌の 花に一しゅも いてぬ詫しさ  _亭美魚

    Signed

    Gakutei 岳亭

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Shima Printer's mark: Tani Seikô

    Provenance

    Formerly in the Sumitomo collection; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; 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

    McKee, Japanese Poetry Prints (Schoff Coll. cat., 2006), #49; Mirviss w/ Carpenter, Jewels of Japanese Printmaking (2000), #68; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 63; Ukiyo-e taisei 9 (1931), #29

    Dimensions

    Shikishiban; 21.9 x 19 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.9298

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

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  • An Imaginary Scene of the Origin of the Cat Stone at Okabe, from the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road (Mitate Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi Okabe neko ishi no yurai): Actors Sawamura Sojûrô V (?) as Teranishi Kanshin (R), Onoe Kikugorô III as the Spirit

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.28742-4 (with censors’ seals), 11.41806a-c (without censors’ seals)

    Play: Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi
    Theater: Ichimura

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    No censors' seals No blockcutter's mark Unidentified publisher's mark

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #172

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.6 cm (14 3/8 x 29 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.41806a-c

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Floss-stretching Shop

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.2032, 21.4466

    Signed

    Harunobu ga (on screen) 春信画

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#423); 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

    Waterhouse cat. #356; Ukiyo-e shuka 4 (1979), list #659, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 333

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 28.8 x 21.6 cm (11 5/16 x 8 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4466

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Needlework

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1794–95 (Kansei 6–7)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Uemura Yohei (Japanese)

    Description

    Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

    Signed

    Utamaro hitsu 歌麿筆

    Markings

    Collector's seal: Wakai oyaji

    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

    Asano and Clark 1995, #205 (complete triptych); Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #349.1; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 21.2.3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #327

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38 x 26 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6378

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Young Woman Holding a Cat

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Isoda Koryûsai (Japanese, 1735–1790)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.542, 21.8334

    Signed

    Koryûsai ga 湖龍斎画

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#554); 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

    Hockley 2003, p. 239, #A-14; Pins, The Japanese Pillar Print (1982), #289

    Dimensions

    Hashira-e; 65.1 x 12 cm (25 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8334

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Daughter of Dainagon Yukinari, from the series Lives of Wise and Heroic Women (Kenjo reppu den)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1842–43 (Tenpô 13–14)
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censor's seal: Matsumura

    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

    Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #24; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S20.31

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 24.8 cm (14 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.15941

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Story of Nippondaemon and the Cat (Nippondaemon neko no koji): Actors Onoe Kikugorô III as Kotoura (?) (R), Onoe Kikugorô III as the Spirit of the Cat Stone (C), and Sawamura Sôjûrô V as Nippondaemon (L)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month
    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)

    Object Place

    Description

    Triptych: 11.27023 (left), 11.27024 (center), 11.27025 (right)

    MFA impressions: 11.27023-5 (complete triptych), 11.38138 (right sheet only, key block)

    Play: Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi
    Theater: Ichimura

    Signed

    Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet) 一勇斎国芳画

    Markings

    Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Hama No blockcutter's mark

    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

    Dai yôkai ten (2000), #101

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 73.5 cm (14 1/16 x 28 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.27023-5

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Children with Cat and Mouse

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Harunobu ga 春信画

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse cat. #378; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #572, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 345

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 28 x 20.4 cm (11 x 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.19493

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Narcissus (Suisenka), from an untitled series of Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1769 (Meiwa 6)
    Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Inscription

    水仙化 花姿 霜にしゃれたる 水仙は 葉さへひとねち 人をなすます

    Signed

    Harunobu ga 春信画

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Waterhouse cat. #413; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #34; Ukiyo-e shuka 4 (1979), list #317.5, and supp. 2 (1982), pl. 352

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 28.5 x 21.3 cm (11 1/4 x 8 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.19513

    Medium or Technique

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

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