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  • Act VII (Shichidanme), from the series Matched Pictures for The...

    1830s

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

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

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.42308

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  • Courtesan Playing with a Dog

    about Kanbun era (1661–73)

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

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

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    Panel; ink and color on paper

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    Paintings

    Accession Number

    06.285

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  • Landscape with Dogs

    1868

    Thomas Hewes Hinckley, American, 1813–1896 American

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

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    Paintings

    Accession Number

    20.1872

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  • Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi, Okazaki

    Artist Utagawa Sadahide, Japanese, 1807–1873

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    Vertical ôban

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.39186

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  • The Tenth Month (Koharu), from the series Fashionable Twelve...

    late 1820s–early 1830s

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

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

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    34.438

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  • Wakana no ge: Sakuramaru's Wife Yae, from the series Genji...

    about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    Description

    No. 35 in the series.

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.36533

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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.

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    Dimensions

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

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    Oil on canvas

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    Paintings

    Accession Number

    17.322

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  • Pekinese Dog with Ball

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9683

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  • Shepherd Boy Playing Bagpipes

    about 1754

    François Boucher, French, 1703–1770

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    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.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

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    Paintings

    Accession Number

    61.958

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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

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

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    Paintings

    Accession Number

    62.273

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  • Ch. 50, Azumaya, from the series Lingering Sentiments of a Late...

    1858 (Ansei 5), 12th month

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Description

    MFA impressions: 00.1852a-b, 11.29851-2

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    00.1852a-b

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  • Sleeping Cat

    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)

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    Dimensions

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

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    47.47

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  • Hound Pointing

    1860

    Constant Troyon, French, 1810–1865 French

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

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    Paintings

    Accession Number

    24.345

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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).

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    63.5 x 86.36 cm (25 x 34 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

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    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.417

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  • Yotsuya, from the series One Hundred Beautiful Women at Famous...

    1858 (Ansei 5), 2nd month

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.15296, 11.29715, 11.45233

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

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.15296

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  • A Fan of Ichikawa Monnosuke III, from the series Comparison of...

    1820s

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.42344

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  • Cats Tempted by a Delicious Smell (above); Mice Eating While Cat...

    1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month

    Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Japanese, 1839–1892

    Description

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

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.37780

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  • Cat with Head in Bag (above); Cats Attacking Mice (below); from...

    1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month

    Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Japanese, 1839–1892

    Description

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

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.37781

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  • Cats Frightened by Toy Dog (above); Cat Using Mousetrap (below);...

    1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month

    Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Japanese, 1839–1892

    Description

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

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.37779

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  • Sleeping Cat

    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)

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.5570

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  • Women after the Bath Playing with a Cat

    about 1803 (Kyôwa 3)

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

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6483

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  • Noon (Hi kokonotsu no toki): Woman Playing with Cat, Fishmonger...

    about 1821–23 (Bunsei 4–6)

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.15955

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  • Courtesan with Cat on Leash

    about 1725 (Kyôhô 10)

    Artist Okumura Masanobu, Japanese, 1686–1764

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.5767

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  • A Triptych of Charming Ladies (Enjo sanpukutsui): The Third...

    Artist Tamura Sadanobu, Japanese, active about 1725–1748

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.5812

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  • Shaving the Nape of the Neck, from the series Modern Eastern...

    about 1823 (Bunsei 6)

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.42340, 34.516

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    34.516

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  • Riverside Restaurant, from the series Pictorial Gathering of...

    about 1822 (Bunsei 5)

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.42351

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  • Bun'ya no Yasuhide, from the series Parodies of the Six...

    1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.43121

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  • Cat and Peonies

    Artist Gekkitsu, Japanese Japanese

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    06.1211

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  • Poem by Somaru, from the series Fashionable Versions of Ink in...

    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)

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.22149

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  • Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard

    about 1873

    Walter Crane, English, 1845–1915

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    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.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    64.1556

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  • Osen of the Kagiya Teahouse Playing with a Kitten

    about 1769 (Meiwa 6)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4543

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  • Okabe in Suruga Province: The Monster of the Cat Temple (Nekodera...

    1872 (Meiji 5), 10th month

    Artist Utagawa Yoshitora, Japanese, active about 1836–1887

    Description

    No. 22 in the series.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.41449

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  • Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujô Mansion (Genjin Rokujô...

    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    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)

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.15169, 11.15178, 11.15233

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  • Ch. 35, Wakana no ge, from the series The Color Print Contest of...

    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 2nd month

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    01.5694

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  • Woman Sewing and Playful Kitten

    about 1797–98 (Kansei 9–10)

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

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.14260

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  • Actor Ichikawa Udanji I as the Courtesan Michinoku

    1873 (Meiji 6), 2nd month

    Artist Ichiyôsai Yoshitaki, Japanese, 1841–1899

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.35526

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  • Actors Ichikawa Udanji I as the Ghost of the Courtesan Michinoku...

    1873 (Meiji 6), 2nd month

    Artist Ichiyôsai Yoshitaki, Japanese, 1841–1899

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.36147a-b

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  • Civets, Pine Tree, Birds, and Flowers

    mid-16th century

    Attributed to Kano Utanosuke, Japanese, dates unknown

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

    Medium

    Six-panel folding screen; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.6781

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  • Arno

    1839

    Horatio Greenough, American, 1805–1852

    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.

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    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.)

    Medium

    Marble

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1973.601

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  • The Cats' Rendezvous

    1868

    Edouard Manet, French, 1832–1883

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    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.)

    Medium

    Crayon lithograph

    Classification

    Prints , Posters

    Accession Number

    32.472

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  • Amulet of a cat

    743–712 B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Dolomitic marble

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    21.305

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  • Japanese postcard

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.14234

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  • Tile picture depicting a cat

    18th century

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Tin-glazed earthenware

    Classification

    Tiles

    Accession Number

    1977.320

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    Europe

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  • Young Woman with Cat from Jogaku sekai

    1907

    Ikeda Shôen, Japanese, 1886–1917 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock Right side is perforated

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2007.679

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  • The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

    1909

    Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, English, 1867–1939 English

    Description

    New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1909

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    38.860

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  • Harimaze

    1878 (Meiji 11), June 7

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III, Japanese, 1842–1894

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.37212

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  • Woman Playing with Cat, from the series Thirty-six Elegant...

    1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 10th month

    Artist Toyohara Kunichika, Japanese, 1835–1900

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    00.908

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  • Two Women with a Dog

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2480

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  • Woman with Dog

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2494

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  • Dog Barking at the Moon

    Sugiura Hisui, Japanese, 1876–1965 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1166

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

    About 1905–07

    Wuanita Smith, American, 1866–1959 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Black chalk, red and black wash on illustration board

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    1985.763

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  • Dog in Mourning

    1870

    Henry Bacon, American, active about 1768 to after 1780

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1982.638

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    Americas

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  • The Christmas Tree, illustration for The Christmas Letter

    about 1905–07

    Wuanita Smith, American, 1866–1959 American

    Description
    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.)

    Medium

    Black chalk, red and black wash on illustration board

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    1985.762

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  • Moon at Ryôgoku Bridge (Ryôgoku no tsuki), from the series...

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.36365

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  • Woman, Cat, and Kotatsu

    1796 (Kansei 8), mid-year

    Artist Utagawa Kunimasa, Japanese, 1773–1810 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.7027

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  • Dog amulet

    7th–4th century B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    30.625

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  • Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Kiso Yoshinaka (R), Arashi...

    1815 (Bunka 12), 1st month

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Description

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

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

    Play: Zôho Fujimi Saigyô
    Theater: Ichimura

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.22203-5

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  • Amulet of Anubis

    30 B.C.–A.D 364

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    72.1598

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    The Ancient World

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  • "Symphonie Automnale - Manteau, et robe d'après-midi,...

    November 1922

    George Barbier, French, 1882–1932 French

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Lithograph with hand-applied color (pochoir)

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts , Books

    Accession Number

    2004.54.7

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    Europe

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  • Pictures and Songs

    1887

    Randolph Caldecott, English, 1846–1886 English

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    39.05 cm (15 3/8 in.)

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    56.885

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  • In the Manner of Matsusuke (Matsusuke fû): Woman Playing with...

    Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I, Japanese, 1769–1825

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.13663

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  • Inukai Genpachi Fights a Cat Monster on Mount Kôshin

    about 1850–51 (Kaei 3–4)

    Artist Utagawa Yoshitora, Japanese, active about 1836–1887

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban triptych

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.41383a-c

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  • Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujô Mansion (Genjin Rokujô...

    1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month

    Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.43490a-c

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  • Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Inabanosuke

    1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    Description

    Center sheet of incomplete triptych.

    Play: Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi
    Theater: Ichimura

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    49.1246

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  • Fifty-three Stations: Okazaki

    about 1850 (Kaei 3)

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    49.1248

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  • Woman Hanging a Scroll and Playful Cat

    about 1766–67 (Meiwa 3–4)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.13406

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

    about 1769 (Meiwa 6)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.19496

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

    about 1760–62 (Hôreki 10–12)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4983

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  • Woman and Two Children with Cat and Pet Mouse

    about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4442

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  • Poem by Somaru, from the series Fashionable Versions of Ink in...

    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)

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4440

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

    about 1769–70 (Meiwa 6–7)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4487

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  • Girl with Cat

    1856

    William Morris Hunt, American, 1824–1879

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    00.504

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  • Puss Welcomes the King, the Princess and His Master

    about 1873

    Walter Crane, English, 1845–1915

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    92.2575

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

    about 1873

    Walter Crane, English, 1845–1915

    Description
    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.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    92.2576

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  • Puss Comforts His Master, the Miller's Son

    about 1873

    Walter Crane, English, 1845–1915

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    92.2581

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  • Sleeping Cat and Butterflies from the album Birds and Flowers

    first half of the 19th century

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    01.8477.1

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  • Cat Hunting a Rat

    1877

    Isseisai Toshikazu, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.7830

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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).

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1161

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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).

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas mounted on plywood

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.455

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  • Black Cat on a Chair

    third quarter 19th century

    Andrew L. von Wittkamp, American, 1850s American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.494

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  • Double-sided votive relief

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Limestone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    51.2474

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  • Two Cats. Poster for an Exhibition of works drawn and painted by...

    1894

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland),...

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph and watercolor, proof before letters on china paper

    Classification

    Prints , Posters

    Accession Number

    60.744

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  • Les Chats

    1898

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland),...

    Description
    Details

    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.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    61.685

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  • Two Cats Sleeping

    1920

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland),...

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Black chalk on dark cream laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    67.19

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

    undated

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland),...

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    67.21

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  • Boy with a Cat

    about 1845

    Unidentified artist, American, mid-19th century, American

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1981.106

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    Americas

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

    1908

    Komeno Hakusui, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1752

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  • Sleeping Cat

    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)

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    47.48

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  • Parody of the Four Sleepers

    Tenpo 15 (1844)

    Toshika, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.4638

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    Asia

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  • Cat and Butterfly

    Late 19th century

    Mori Kansai, Japanese, 1814–1894 Japanese (Kyoto)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.4743

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    Asia

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  • Snarling Cats in Crescent Moon (from an unidentified series)

    Saitô Shôshû, Japanese, born in 1870 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1109

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  • Collection of the Chat Noir

    1898

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland),...

    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.

    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Poster, color lithograph printed in black and red

    Classification

    Prints , Posters

    Accession Number

    2002.62

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

    1905

    Kajita Hanko, Japanese, 1870–1917 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on coated card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.967

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  • Merchant's Daughter

    Mizuno Toshikata, Japanese, 1866–1908

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1034

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

    1908

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1880

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  • Young Girl with Cat by the Window

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Relief print; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2438

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

    Hôgai, Japanese, dates unknown Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.3017

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

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.3168

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  • Playing with a Cat (Jarashi nosô) from The Series One Hundred...

    Hidenobu, Japanese Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.18554

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  • Sleeping Cat

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French (born in Switzerland),...

    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..

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    42.44

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  • R. Caldecott's Collection of Pictures and Songs

    about 1880

    After Randolph Caldecott, English, 1846–1886 English

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    23.6 cm (9 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood engravings

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    55.1292

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    Prints and Drawings

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  • Amulet of a cat

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2517

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    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Amulet of a cat

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2522

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    Africa and Oceania , Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Bronze cat

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    72.4455a

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    The Ancient World

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  • Amulet of a cat

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    82.193

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  • Cat head

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  • Amulet in the form of a cat

    1539–1295/1292 B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Glazed steatite

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    06.2498

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

    about 1767–68 (Meiwa 4–5)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.19508, 21.4654

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4654

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  • Amulet of Sekhmet

    664–653 B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    19.2211

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  • Statuette of a cat

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    53.2385

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    The Ancient World

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  • Statuette of a cat

    305–30 B.C.

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1974.574

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  • Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival (Asakusa tanbo...

    1857 (Ansei 4), 11th month

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858

    Description

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

    MFA impressions: 11.36876.65, 11.45668, 18.26, 21.9503

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9503

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  • Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya, from the series Selections from Six...

    about 1801 (Kansei 13/Kyôwa 1)

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

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.6581, 54.266

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6581

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

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.9298

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  • An Imaginary Scene of the Origin of the Cat Stone at Okabe, from...

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.41806a-c

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  • Floss-stretching Shop

    about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.2032, 21.4466

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4466

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  • Needlework

    about 1794–95 (Kansei 6–7)

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

    Description

    Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6378

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  • Young Woman Holding a Cat

    Artist Isoda Koryûsai, Japanese, 1735–1790

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.542, 21.8334

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.8334

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  • The Daughter of Dainagon Yukinari, from the series Lives of Wise...

    about 1842–43 (Tenpô 13–14)

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.15941

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  • The Story of Nippondaemon and the Cat (Nippondaemon neko no...

    1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month

    Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, 1797–1861

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.27023-5

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  • Children with Cat and Mouse

    about 1768–69 (Meiwa 5–6)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.19493

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

    about 1769 (Meiwa 6)

    Artist Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    11.19513

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