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  • Long-tailed Bird on a Plum Branch

    Umeni onaga zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    mid-18th century
    Kano Tanjô (Japanese, 1706–1756 Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-056-(2)

    Dimensions

    Image: 81.6 x 23.8 cm (32 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4379

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Plum Tree and Birds

    Ume ni shokin zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    mid-18th century
    Kano Tanjô (Japanese, 1706–1756 Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-056-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 81.5 x 23.7 cm (32 1/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4380

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Plum Blossoms And Birds

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 18th century
    Kano Isen'in Naganobu (Japanese, 1775–1828)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-162

    Dimensions

    Image: 85.8 x 34.5 cm (33 3/4 x 13 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6477

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Long-tailed Bird Perched on Red Peach Branch

    Kohakuto zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 18th century
    Kano Norinobu (Japanese, 1730–1790)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-016-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 93.7 x 36.5 cm (36 7/8 x 14 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4195

    Medium or Technique

    One of a set of three hanging scrolls; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Bird Perched on White Peach Branch

    Kohakuto zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 18th century
    Kano Norinobu (Japanese, 1730–1790)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-016-(3)

    Dimensions

    Image: 93.7 x 36.5 cm (36 7/8 x 14 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4193

    Medium or Technique

    One of a set of three hanging scrolls; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Pelican Feeding Her Young

    Artist Unidentified artist, American, 19th century

    Description

    Provenance

    Nadelman (Lancaster); to Maxim Karolik (1893-1963, Newport); by whom given to MFA October 11, 1956

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik cat. 1317; fig. 343 (Folk Artists)

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 11.7 x 7.5 cm (4 5/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    56.760

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor, pen and brown ink on paper

    Not On View

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    Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Watercolors

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  • Horned Owl (Mimizuku) from Ehagaki sekai

    Japanese
    late Meiji era
    1907
    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 (trimmed): 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.2022

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Long-tailed Bird in Chokeberry Bush

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century
    Kano Tanshin Morimasa (Japanese, 1653–1718)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-050-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 230 x 82.2 cm (90 9/16 x 32 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6713

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Birds Flying

    Nagasaki
    Edo period
    Last half 18th century
    Shogatsukan

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 113.2 x 45.4 cm (44 9/16 x 17 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.128

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Pigeon in Plum Tree

    Shiraume ni hato

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century
    Kano Tanshin Morimasa (Japanese, 1653–1718)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-050-(3)

    Dimensions

    Image: 230 x 82.2 cm (90 9/16 x 32 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6711

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Camellias, Pear Blossoms, and Siberian Blue Robins

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 18th to first half of the 19th century
    Kô Sûkoku (Japanese, 1730–1804 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Signed, "Rakukosai, Ko-Sukoku, Ichiyu paints."

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-341

    Dimensions

    Image: 118.1 x 42.1 cm (46 1/2 x 16 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6688

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • White Cockatoo on a Pine Branch

    Japanese
    Edo period
    late 18th century
    Itô Jakuchû (Japanese, 1716–1800)

    Description

    Signed

    Shin'enkan Jakuchû sei

    Markings

    Upper seal reads: To Jokin no in. Lower seal reads: Jakuchu Koji. Kakemono.

    Provenance

    1950 bequeathed to the Museum by Charles Bain Hoyt

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Shôhaku-48

    Dimensions

    Image: 40.1 x 55.6 cm (15 13/16 x 21 7/8 in.) Overall: 138 x 70 cm (54 5/16 x 27 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.1493

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Phoenix and Sun

    Japanese
    Edo period
    late 18th century
    Itô Jakuchû (Japanese, 1716–1800)

    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-Shôhaku-46

    Dimensions

    Image: 103.4 x 36.3 cm (40 11/16 x 14 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6940

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll: ink, color, and gold on silk

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  • Tropical Birds on Flowering Cherry

    Japanese
    Edo period
    18th century
    Sô Shiseki (Japanese, 1712–1786)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Strassman

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 93.7 x 35 cm (36 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2001.234

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Cockatoo

    Ômu zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    second half of the 18th century
    Itô Jakuchû (Japanese, 1716–1800)

    Description

    Signed

    Shin'enkan Jakuchû

    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-Shôhaku-45

    Dimensions

    106.3 x 49.1 cm (41 7/8 x 19 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6938

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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  • Currituck Marshes, North Carolina

    1926
    Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862–1951)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower right: F. W. Benson '26

    Provenance

    Mrs. Edward C. Storrow; gift to MFA, October 5, 1933.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Edward C. Storrow in memory of her husband Edward Cabot Storrow

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 48 x 67 cm (18 7/8 x 26 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    33.589

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

    Not On View

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    Americas, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Watercolors

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  • Advertisement for Mitsukoshi gofukuten: Peacock and Plum

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    inscribed 1906
    Nakamura Fusetsu (Japan, 1866–1943 Japan)

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1991 Philippe Barros, Paris, France; by 2002 to Karl Jaeger, Bath, England; June 18, 2003 Sale by Karl Jaeger at Christie's London, lot 401, and purchased by the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Leonard A. Lauder

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2003.481

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Peacock and Peach Blossoms

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th century
    Attributed to Kiyohara Yukinobu (Japanese, 1643–1682 Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-076-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 69.2 x 34.4 cm (27 1/4 x 13 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6860

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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  • Peacock

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Early 19th century
    Seppo (Japanese Japanese)

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 112.3 x 42.3 cm (44 3/16 x 16 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8025

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk

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  • Peacock

    Kujaku zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century
    Kano Eisen'in Michinobu (Japanese, 1730–1790)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-095-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 96.8 x 40.8 cm (38 1/8 x 16 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6770

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Peacocks and Peonies

    Kujaku botan zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    mid-19th century
    Yamada Kosetsu (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-362

    Dimensions

    Image: 107.7 x 41.8 cm (42 3/8 x 16 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6657

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Not On View

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    Asia

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  • Black Duck

    1940–41
    Marsden Hartley (American, 1877–1943)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: M.H/40-41; Reverse: Black Duck/#2; Black Duck #2

    Provenance

    The artist; with Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, by 1942; to MFA, 1943, purchased for $500.

    Credit Line

    The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    71.75 x 55.88 cm (28 1/4 x 22 in.)

    Accession Number

    43.32

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on Masonite

    Not On View

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    Americas

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  • Poultry Yard

    Max Rudolf Schramm-Zittau (German, 1874–1929)

    Description

    While his painting might be categorized as a landscape or even a scene of daily life, it has the tight focus and deliberate arrangement of interrelated forms that characterize still-life compositions. Unlike most still lifes, however, there is a suggestion of a story here, as the male turkey and peacock, each surrounded by females, confront each other across the poultry yard.

    Inscription

    Upper right: R U D O L F S C H R A M M -ZITTAU

    Provenance

    1911, Hugo Reisinger (b. 1856 - d. 1914), New York; gift of Reisinger to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 2, 1911)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Hugo Reisinger

    Details

    Dimensions

    125.1 x 201 cm (49 1/4 x 79 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.9

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    Not On View

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    Europe

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  • Peacock on Rocks

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Okamoto Shûki (Japanese, 1807(?)–1862 Japanese)

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 119.8 x 48.8 cm (47 3/16 x 19 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8051

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk

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  • Peacock

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

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased by F. G. Curtis from Morita.

    Credit Line

    Chinese and Japanese Special Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 17.2 x 13 cm (6 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    12.122

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk

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  • Peacock on a Wall

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    cancelled 1905
    Wada Eisaku (Japanese, 1874–1959), Publisher Japanese Postcard Association (Nihon hagaki kai) (Japanese), Printer Mitsuma Lithograph Printing (Mitsuma sekiin) (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

    2002.1356

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Not On View

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    Asia, Prints and Drawings

    Classifications

    Postcards

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  • Figure of a Peacock

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

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1988, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz; 1988, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Katz. (Accession date: November 30, 1988)

    Credit Line

    Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    19.4 cm (7 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1988.803

    Medium or Technique

    Porcelain

    Not On View

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    Europe

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Porcelain

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  • Peacock weather vane

    about 1860–75

    Description

    Perched delicately on a round ball, this striking peacock weather vane formed a strong sculptural silhouette against the sky. Its head, featuring a pierced eye and pointed beak, is topped by a stylized tripartite comb. The long curving neck descends gracefully to the body, where the thin legs and talons grasp the ball support. The flat, ribbed tail provides a wide expanse of metal that would effectively catch the wind, and the hollow body, made of molded copper sheets soldered together, is painted gold to protect the vane from the elements. Although such details would hardly have been visible from ground level, the artisan delicately applied paint to the body and the tail in imitation of feathers. The iron rod originally would have also supported iron letters indicating the cardinal points of north, south, east, and west.

    In a world in which changes in wind speed and direction were often the best indicators of a coming storm, weather vanes served a useful as well as ornamental purpose. They were a common sight in the early United States, mounted atop churches, civic buildings, and domestic residences. Although they could be fashioned in almost any form, many weather vanes depicted creatures of the natural world, including codfish, horses, goats, sheep, cows, and grasshoppers. The maker of this weather vane is not known, but the influential New York dealer of folk and modern art Edith Halpert found it and two related examples in Vermont sometime between 1929 and 1953.

    This text was adapted from Ward, et al., MFA Highlights: American Decorative Arts & Sculpture (Boston, 2006) available at www.mfashop.com/mfa-publications.html

    Provenance

    Found in the "vicinity of Vermont" by the New York folk art dealer Edith Halpert of The Downtown Gallery between 1929 and 1953; purchased and given to the Museum by Maxim Karolik in 1954.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 50.2 x 85.7 cm (19 3/4 x 33 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    54.1089

    Medium or Technique

    Copper; painted gold; iron rod

    On View

    Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery (Gallery 237)

    Collections

    Americas

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Peacock in a Maple Tree

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

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.7938, RES.52.100

    Inscription

    Chinese poem 不堪紅葉青苔地 又是涼風暮雨天

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ôta Kinen Bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #28; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #106; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 240, chûtanzaku #24.13?

    Dimensions

    Chûtanzaku; 37.3 x 13 cm (14 11/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7938

    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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  • Peacock and Peonies

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

    Description

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #142; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 242, ôhaba #15

    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban, upright diptych; 72.1 x 24.7 cm (28 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6891

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Egrets and Bamboo

    Kacho zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century
    Kano Tsunenobu (Japanese, 1636–1713)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-097

    Dimensions

    Image: 95.3 x 36.4 cm (37 1/2 x 14 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6762

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Birds, Maple, Cherry

    Kyoto
    Okajima Seikô (Japanese, 1823–1877 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 123.6 x 50.2 cm (48 11/16 x 19 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8556

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Bird Standing on One Leg

    1902
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Inscription

    Graphite lower left: "proefdruk voor Jo"

    Signed

    Graphite lower left: [monogram] TvH

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to K. Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 105 b

    Dimensions

    Image (and sheet): 16 x 8.2 cm (6 5/16 x 3 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1836

    Medium or Technique

    Lithograph printed in red

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  • Lapwing (1908 Calendar: May)

    Kievit

    1908
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower left: "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 155.05 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image (to border): 20.4 x 15.1 cm (8 1/16 x 5 15/16 in.) Sheet: 47.5 x 35 cm (18 11/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1873

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Ship Bill Heron in the Rain (1908 Calendar: November)

    Schuit-bekreiger in de regen

    1908
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower left: "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 155.11 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image (to border): 20.4 x 15 cm (8 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.) Sheet: 47.5 x 35 cm (18 11/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1874

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Winter Wren Singing (1907 Calendar: December)

    Zingend winterkoninkje

    1907
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower left: "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 154.12 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image (to border): 20.3 x 15 cm (8 x 5 7/8 in.) Sheet: 44.9 x 31.5 cm (17 11/16 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1834

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • White and Black Ducks (1907 Calendar: March)

    Staande woerd en zwemmend witte eend

    1907
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower left "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 154.03 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image (to border): 20.2 x 15 cm (7 15/16 x 5 7/8 in.) Sheet: 45 x 31.4 cm (17 11/16 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1833

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph, proof

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  • Silver Herons (1905 Calendar: April)

    Zilverreigeers

    1905
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower left: "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 151.04 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 29.9 x 23.8 cm (11 3/4 x 9 3/8 in.) Image (to border): 20.2 x 15.1 cm (7 15/16 x 5 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1830

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Reed Warbler (1907 Calendar: September)

    Karekiet in het riet

    1907
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 154.09 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image: 20.3 x 15 cm (8 x 5 7/8 in.) Sheet (to border): 45 x 31.5 cm (17 11/16 x 12 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1832

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Herring Gull (1908 Calendar: March)

    Zilvermeeuw

    1908
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    Graphite lower right: "Th van Hoytema"; in stone lower right "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 155.03 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image (to border): 20.3 x 15 cm (8 x 5 7/8 in.) Sheet: 47.5 x 35.3 cm (18 11/16 x 13 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1875

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Owl (1908 Calendar: February)

    1908
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower right: TvH

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 155.02 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image (to border): 20.3 x 15 cm (8 x 5 7/8 in.) Sheet: 47.8 x 35 cm (18 13/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1876

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Momo chidori kyôka awase (Myriad Birds: A Kyôka Competition)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1790 (Kansei 2)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Author Hata Kinkei (Akamatsu) (Japanese Japanese), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

    Asiatic Library

    Credit Line

    Source unidentified

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Asano and Clark 1995, #475.1

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2005.119.1-2

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock printed book; ink and color with mica on paper

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    Classifications

    Illustrated Books

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  • The Pigeons

    about 1892
    Henri Guérard (French, 1846–1897 French)

    Description

    Signed

    l.c. signed in graphite

    Markings

    l.r. collectors stamp: François Heugel (Lugt 3373)

    Provenance

    François Heugel (b. 1922 - d. 2010; Lugt 3373), Paris. 2011, Paul Prouté S.A., Archives, Paris; 2011, sold by Prouté to the MFA. (Accession date: December 21, 2011)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Richard Wallace

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 45.5 x 35.5 cm (17 15/16 x 14 in.) Sheet: 56 x 39.5 cm (22 1/16 x 15 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2011.2043

    Medium or Technique

    Woodcut

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  • Bullfinch

    1655–60
    Albert Flamen (French, about 1620–after 1669)

    Description

    Inscription

    Below: Ficedula; Pivoyne. AB. Flamen fe.

    Provenance

    Collection: A. J. Domela, Nieuwenhuis (L. 356 b); Boymans Museum Duplicates (L. 700 a)

    Credit Line

    George Peabody Gardner Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bartsch 85; Robert-Dumesnil 406

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 10.2 x 20 cm (4 x 7 7/8 in.); Sheet: 11.4 x 20.9 cm (4 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1972.1009

    Medium or Technique

    Etching

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  • Golden Pheasant Perched on Red Plum Tree

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1784 (Tenmei 4)
    Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)

    Description

    Signed

    Kiyonaga ga 清長画

    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

    Hirano 1939, #0620; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #230, and pl. 126

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 26.7 x 19.4 cm (10 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5565

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Black Thrush (1917 Calendar: December)

    Zwart lijster

    1917
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    Graphite lower right "Th van Hoytema"; in stone lower left "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 166.12 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Image (to border): 13.4 x 19.3 cm (5 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) Sheet: 35 x 47.5 cm (13 3/4 x 18 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1877

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Old Crow (1908 Calendar: January)

    Oude kraai

    1908
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower left: "TvH"

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 155.01 (proof)

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 44 x 21 cm (17 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1878

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph

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  • Two Cranes

    1890
    Theodorus van Hoytema (Dutch, 1863–1917)

    Description

    Signed

    In stone lower right: [monogram] TvH 90

    Provenance

    Private Collections (1986-2006); to K. Sanders Collection; purchased by Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David Collection; by whom given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Amsterdam 019

    Dimensions

    Image: 5.5 x 11.5 cm (2 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.) Sheet: 8 x 11.9 cm (3 1/8 x 4 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.1802

    Medium or Technique

    Lithograph printed in black on cream-colored card, toned brown

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  • Album of Birds and Flowers

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

    Description

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-437

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    01.8477.31

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Kingfisher on a flowering branch above water

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    67.719

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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  • Bird flying above a peony plant and bamboo

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    67.724

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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  • Bird on a branch of blossoming peach tree

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    67.716

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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  • Sparrows and Cherry

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1839 (Tenpô 10)
    Koike Kyokukô (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 111.2 x 42.9 cm (43 3/4 x 16 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8011

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Crow On Cherry

    Kyoto
    Kubota Tosui (Japanese, 1841–1911 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 123.4 x 50 cm (48 9/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8618

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Cherry Blossoms and Bird

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Kishi Ganryo (Japanese, 1798–1852 Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    岸良写

    Markings

    岸良之印

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 104 x 35.5 cm (40 15/16 x 14 in.) Overall: 192 x 51.5 cm (75 9/16 x 20 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8177

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Two birds on a flowering peach branch near a banana plant in snow

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    67.725

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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  • Flicker and Maple Tree

    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

    01.8477.2

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Bunting and Snow-covered Nandina 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

    01.8477.20

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Album of Birds and Flowers

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

    Description

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-437

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    01.8477.25

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Siberian Blue Robin and Bowl

    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

    01.8477.14

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Wagtail and Mallow

    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

    01.8477.6

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Gallinule and Water Plantain

    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

    01.8477.3

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Java Sparrow and Yamabuki

    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

    01.8477.5

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

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  • Barnyard Fowl and Peacocks

    Melchior d' Hondecoeter (Dutch, 1636–1695)

    Description

    Still celebrated in the nineteenth century as “the Raphael of animals,” Hondecoeter painted gamepieces, fish still lifes, and especially groupings of live birds. His bird paintings were extremely popular and frequently imitated during his lifetime. Depicted with accuracy and meticulous detail, Hondecoeter’s birds may also have had special meaning for contemporary viewers familiar with proverbs and figures of speech that likened human character traits to the behavior of various birds.

    Inscription

    Upper center on stone wall: Melchio d hondecoeter

    Provenance

    Until 1907, Edward Balfour, Esq. (b. 1849 - d. 1927), Balbirnie, Fife, Scotland; May 31, 1907, Balfour sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 140, to Gooden and Fox, London; 1907, sold by Gooden and Fox to the MFA for $16,650 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: August 8, 1907) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 07.499 - 07.502 were acquired together for $16,650.

    Credit Line

    Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    121.9 x 156.5 cm (48 x 61 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    07.501

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)

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    Europe

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  • Pheasant and pear blossoms

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    1907
    Gao Qifeng (1889–1933 Chinese)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Frederick L. Jack Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 127.2 x 48.2 cm (50 1/16 x 19 in.) Overall: 248 x 72.5 cm (97 5/8 x 28 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.553

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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    Asia

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  • Ivory inlay of an ostrich chick

    Nubian
    Classic Kerma
    about 1700–1550 B.C.

    Findspot: Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    This object has been reaccessioned as 20.2098. Ivory inlay, in the shape of a ostrich chick. Body covered with dot pattern filled with brown substance.

    Provenance

    From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Southern cemetery, KX, grave K1096. March 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3.7 x 3 cm (1 7/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    20.1345

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

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    The Ancient World

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  • Leg from a funerary bed

    Nubian
    Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka
    698–690 B.C.

    Object Place: el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan

    Description

    The upper portion of the bed leg grows out of the back of a goose, which nestles down on the box support. Its feathers were finely chased after the form was cast. The head and pointed beak are examples of particularly fine artistic and technical workmanship.
    The significance of this motif lies in one of the god Amun’s many divine forms. In Egypt, from the New Kingdom on, he is often represented as a goose. Furthermore, in the Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom, the deceased utters the desire to ascend to heaven as a goose. And in New Kingdom royal tombs, wooden figures of geese are found among the images of deities buried with the deceased in order to accompany him to the next world. (Sudan catalogue)

    Bronze. In form of a goose sitting on rectangular pedestal with post rising from its back. (Card)

    Provenance

    From el-Kurru, tomb 72. 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. (Accession date: December 31, 1921)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x weight x thickness: 56.1 x 13 x 30.5 cm (22 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.2815

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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  • Relief plaque of a swallow

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

    Description

    Limestone relief plaque of a swallow. Possibly a sculptor’s model (wr hieroglyph). An incised line defines the bird’s wing. The plaque is chipped in the lower left hand corner. The bird is standing on a raised ledge.

    Provenance

    July 17, 1907: gift of Edward W. Forbes.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Edward W. Forbes

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 9.9 x 11.9 x 1.6 cm (3 7/8 x 4 11/16 x 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    07.282

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

    Out on Loan

    On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – November 1, 2017

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  • Hummingbirds with Nest

    1863
    Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: M.J. Heade/1863

    Provenance

    1863, the artist. 1946, with Harry Shaw Newman, New York; 1946, sold by Harry Shaw Newman to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 8, 1964)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Dimensions

    30.48 x 25.72 cm (12 x 10 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.429

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Orchids and Spray Orchids with Hummingbirds

    about 1875–90
    Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: M J Heade

    Provenance

    The artist; Robert G. Ingersoll, Dobbs Ferry, New York; with Victor Spark, New York, 1946; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1946; 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

    50.8 x 30.48 cm (20 x 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1175

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Brazilian Hummingbirds IV (Heliactin Cornuta)

    Brazilian Hummingbirds IV

    1864
    Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

    Description

    Provenance

    Maxim Karolik, Newport, Rhode Island; 1960, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 1960)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Karolik (1962) cat. 354

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 30.4 x 25.8 cm (11 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    60.1068

    Medium or Technique

    Chromolithograph on paper

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  • Amulet of Horus as a falcon

    Nubian
    Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka–Taharqa
    698–664 B.C.

    Findspot: Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    This amulet of cast gold represents the god Horus in the form of a falcon. Although Egypt and Nubia had numerous falcon deities, this one is identifiable as Horus because he wears the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. Because Horus was worshipped as the heroic victor in his battle with the god of chaos, Seth, these amulets were belived to protect the wearer from threatening forces. A loop on the back of the head allowed the amulet to be worn on a string.

    Provenance

    From Meroe (Beg.W), tomb 760. 1923: 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. (Accession date: March 1, 1923)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    23.379

    Medium or Technique

    Gold

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Kanamono in the form of a pair of pheasants, peony and daisies, with backplate

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century (before 1890)
    Murasakibara Toshiyoshi (Japanese, born in 1829), School Tanaka School (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Toshiyoshi 壽良

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.6 x 1 cm (1 13/16 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5704

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Ointment jar in the form of a trussed duck

    Egyptian
    Middle Kingdom–2nd Intermediate Period, Dynasty 13-17
    1991–1550 B.C.

    Place of Origin: Egypt

    Description

    Cosmetics and other toiletries were highly valued by the ancient Egyptians. Both men and women wore eye makeup, which served to protect the eyes from the bright sun and from blowing sand and dust. Pigment was made either from green malachite (a type of copper ore) or from grayish black galena (lead ore) and was kept in a powdered form generically known as kohl. Perfumed unguents, made from oils or fats scented with flowers, herbs, spices, and resins, were prized for their rare ingredients and were used both in the daily cosmetic regimen of wealthy Egyptians and as funerary offerings to anoint the bodies of the dead.

    This vessels is carved from pale blue anhydrite, a stone favored by the makers of cosmetic vessels in the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period, although rarely found in contexts dating to other eras. The source of this beautiful stone remains unidentified.

    This larger jar, an ointment vessel, is carved in the form of a trussed goose, and is one of about a dozen such objects known. Ducks and geese were popular motifs for cosmetic vessels, spoons, and other toiletry items throughout the history of Egyptian art. The technical skill of the artist is superb. The details of the bird’s head, folded wings and webbed feet are carefully rendered, and the eyes are inlaid. The yellowish tone of the head and neck are the result of natural veining in the stone.

    Provenance

    By 1961: Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; lent by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA in 1961; given by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 29, 1965)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Horace L. Mayer

    Details

    Dimensions

    Width x height x depth: 6.2 x 15 x 7.4 cm (2 7/16 x 5 7/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1749

    Medium or Technique

    Anhydrite

    On View

    Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

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    The Ancient World

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    Vessels

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  • Pectoral

    Egyptian
    Second Intermediate Period, Dynasty 13–17
    1783–1550 B.C.

    Description

    Composed of baseplates made of hammered silver sheet, with soldered and gilded silver cloisons (partitions) inlaid with carnelian and glass, this sumptuous pectoral was fit for a king. It takes the form of a vulture with outstretched wings representing the tutelary goddess of Upper Egypt, Nekhbet, grasping coils of rope, a symbol of eternity. To the left of the vulture’s body is a rearing cobra. She is Wadjyt, the goddess of Lower Egypt. Together, they form a pair referred to as the “two ladies,” guardian deities of the king.
    The pectoral was made as a piece of funerary equipment rather than as jewelry to be worn in life. The three separate pieces representing the wings and body of the bird were not joined to one another; rather, the edges of the base plates were pierced with holes for fastening the ornament to something else, most likely the chest of the mummy or an anthropoid coffin. The wings also curve laterally, further supporting this assumption.

    Provenance

    1858, sold by a dealer near Thebes, Egypt to George Alfred Stone, Roxbury, MA and Brooklyn, NY; 1873, sold by Mr. Stone's wife to John W. Garrett (b. 1820 - d. 1884), Baltimore; given by Mr. Garrett to Lafayette College, Easton, PA; about 1979, stolen from Skillman Library at Lafayette College. December 11, 1980, consigned anonymously, through John T. Granger (dealer), Tinicum, PA, to Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, unsold; 1981, sold by John Granger, through Sotheby Parke-Bernet, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 10, 1981) NOTE: In 1992, title transferred from Lafayette College to MFA as through agreement reached in April 1992.

    Credit Line

    Egyptian Special Purchase Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 11.2 x 36.5 x 0.5 cm (4 7/16 x 14 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.159

    Medium or Technique

    Gold and silver with inlays of carnelian and glass

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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  • Relief from the tomb of Prince Kawab

    Egyptian
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu
    2551–2528 B.C.

    Findspot: Giza, Egypt

    Description

    This figure’s informal pose, balding pate, and small scale relative to the heron perched on top of the caged birds leave little doubt that it is not Kawab, the prince and owner of the tomb from which the relief came. Instead, he must be one of the overseers of Kawab’s estate. The birds - pintail ducks in the top cage and what may be wigeons below - represent the yield of a day’s fowling in the marshes. This stellar catch was undoubtedly achieved with the help of the heron, shown at rest with his neck curled into his shoulder. The ancient Egyptians domesticated herons and used them as decoys to attract other birds, a practice that continues today. The slightly curved line below the overseer’s feet indicates that he is on a small boat. Although this is all that remains, the entire scene may be reconstructed to include the capture of birds with a clapnet in the marshes, and a large-scale standing figure of Kawab, toward whom the skiff is heading.

    Kawab’s tomb was one of the largest in the East Cemetery at Giza and was prominently located near the Great Pyramid built by his father, Khufu. The many tiny fragments that remain indicate that its exterior chapel was once decorated with a variety of scenes of life on the owner’s estate, including fowling and the herding and butchering of animals. Although this piece was executed in rather bold raised relief, others were cut in much lower relief. In all cases, subtle detail would have been added in paint, which unfortunately has not survived. Whoever destroyed the reliefs probably smashed the ten or twenty stone statues that were originally in the tomb as well.

    It is likely that both Kawab’s father and wife outlived him. Although a space was prepared for Kawab’s mate in his mastaba, she was buried instead in the tomb of her next husband.

    Provenance

    From Giza, tomb G 7120. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1934: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government. (Accession Date: December 1, 1924)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 55.2 x 36.8 x 20.9 cm (21 3/4 x 14 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    34.59

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

    On View

    George D. and Margo Behrakis Gallery (Gallery 207)

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    The Ancient World

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    Architectural elements, Relief

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  • Votive plaque of Horus

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 26
    664–525 B.C

    Description

    Limestone trial piece. It is a figure of a hawk facing right, and wearing the double crown. It is done in raised relief. Incised lines give detail to the wing. Incised circles give detail to the crown.

    Provenance

    By 1940: with T. E. Merrell; 1940: purchased by the MFA for $825. Accession date: January 40, 1940.

    Credit Line

    Seth K. Sweetser Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 21.8 x 16 cm (8 9/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    40.1

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

    Out on Loan

    On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – November 1, 2017

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  • Monumental relief of a Horus falcon

    Egyptian
    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Senwosret I
    1971–1926 B.C.

    Findspot: Egypt, Lisht, Mortuary Temple of Senwosret I

    Description

    Fragmentary limestone relief of Horus head wearing the double crown. From the name-panel, enclosing the wall of the pyramid of Senwosret I.

    Provenance

    From el-Lisht, pyramid temple of Senwosret I. 1932: excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition, assigned to the MMA by the government of Egypt; May 13, 1937: given to the MFA by the MMA by exchange.

    Credit Line

    Received from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by exchange

    Details

    Dimensions

    Width x height x depth x weight: 73 x 61 x 19.8 cm, 120.2 kg (28 3/4 x 24 x 7 13/16 in., 265 lb.)

    Accession Number

    37.590

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

    Out on Loan

    On display at Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza, December 24, 2014 – June 2, 2015

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    Architectural elements, Relief

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  • Parrot and insect among pear blossoms

    Chinese
    Southern Song or Yuan
    second half of the 13th century
    Formerly attributed to Huang Jucai (Chinese, 10th century Chinese)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    27.6 x 27.6 cm (10 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    30.461

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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  • Ducks and Ducklings

    1850
    John Frederick Herring, Sr. (English, 1795–1863)

    Description

    Inscription

    Upper center, along grass: J.F. Herring Sen 18[50?]

    Provenance

    By 1874, with Charles Sumner, Boston, MA, USA; 1874 - Boston, MA, USA. Museum of Fine Arts (bequest of Sumner) (Accession date: April 27, 1874)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Charles Sumner

    Details

    Dimensions

    27.3 x 30.5 cm (10 3/4 x 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    74.17

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on panel

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  • Two Mallard Ducks

    Indian
    Mughal, about 1620
    Patron Jahangir, Attributed to Mansur (Indian, active about 1590–1625 Indian)

    Object Place: India

    Description

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    13 x 17.8 cm (5 1/8 x 7 in.)

    Accession Number

    19.129

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor on paper

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  • Children Feeding Geese

    1881
    Julien Dupré (French, 1851–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: Julien Dupre 1881

    Provenance

    By 1881, Goupil and Cie, Paris, France; 1881, sold by Goupil and Cie to Knoedler's, London, England; 1881; sold by Knoedler's to Noyes and Blakeslee and Co., Boston, MA. By 1883, Anonymous collection; May 3, 1883, sold from this anonymous collection at Leonard and Co., Boston, (0065), and bought by W.F Johnson, Boston, MA. By 1920, with Misses Louise W. and Marian R. Case, Boston and Weston, MA; 1920, gift of Louisa W. and Marian R. Case (Accession date: February 26, 1920)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Louisa W. and Marian R. Case

    Details

    Dimensions

    81.6 x 65.1 cm (32 1/8 x 25 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    20.1865

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds

    about 1870–83
    Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

    Description

    During a career that spanned almost seventy years, Heade, an ardent naturalist and traveler, painted a great variety of subjects: portraits [48.426], luminous salt-marsh scenes [47.1159], seascapes (often with thunder storms) [45.889], tropical landscapes [47.1153], hummingbird and orchid pictures [47.1164], and floral still lifes [48.427]. Heade had been fascinated by hummingbirds since his childhood, and in 1863–64 he spent six months in Brazil painting hummingbirds in their natural habitat; he intendedto use the pictures as illustrations in a book to be called “The Gems of Brazil.” Although the book was never published, the artist did complete some forty-five small paintings of hummingbirds. After two trips to Central America in 1866 and 1870, Heade began a distinctive group of works combining hummingbirds and tropical flowers.
    In Passion Flowers and Hummingbirds Heade depicted two small, black-and-white Snowcap hummingbirds, a species found in Panama, and the most brilliantly colored species of passionflower, Passiflora racemosa, in a steamy, lush jungle setting. The passionflower is so named because missionaries saw correspondences between the parts of the flower and the Passion (or sufferings) of Christ: the ten petals represent the ten apostles present at the crucifixion, the corona filaments resemble the crown of thorns, and the three stigmas relate to the nails in the cross. In this work, Heade successfully combined his scientific interests with his aesthetic sensitivity, accurately rendering the birds and the passionflowers in a close-up view while gracefully composing the winding stems across the surface of the picture and contrasting the cool jungle greens and grays with the dazzling red of the flowers.

    Heade’s paintings were informed by a worldview recently revolutionized by British naturalist Charles Darwin; to support the theories about evolution in his book The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom (1876), Darwin specifically mentioned the adaptation of hummingbird beaks to fertilize passionflowers. Although Heade was one of the first to reflect Darwin’s theories in his paintings of flowers in their natural habitats, other artists, such as John La Farge [Res.27.93], were subsequently inspired by Darwin’s theories of evolution and the role of interrelationships in the natural world.

    This text was adapted from Elliot Bostwick Davis et al., American Painting [http://www.mfashop.com/9020398034.html], MFA Highlights (Boston: MFA Publications, 2003).

    Inscription

    Lower left: M J Heade

    Provenance

    With a Philadelphia dealer. 1944, Victor Spark, New York; 1944, sold by Victor Spark to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1947, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947)

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    39.37 x 54.93 cm (15 1/2 x 21 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1138

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Gallery (Gallery 235)

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  • Kingfisher and Wild Rose

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Kawasemi no/ hane wo yosoute/ mizu kagami 川蝉の 羽を粧ふて 水かゝみ

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #047; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #290

    Dimensions

    Aitanzaku; 32.7 x 10.7 cm (12 7/8 x 4 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.1472

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons

    Shiki kacho zu

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

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-242b

    Dimensions

    Image: 123.4 x 54.2 cm (48 9/16 x 21 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4184

    Medium or Technique

    One of a pair of hanging scrolls; ink and color on silk

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  • Long-tailed Bird and Peach Tree

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century
    Kano Minenobu (Japanese, 1662–1708)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-198

    Dimensions

    Image: 97.7 x 42.4 cm (38 7/16 x 16 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4245

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Bird and Flowers

    Kacho zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    late 18th to early 19th century
    Attributed to Kô Sûkoku (Japanese, 1730–1804 Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-340

    Dimensions

    Image: 93.2 x 34.9 cm (36 11/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4367

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Pheasants and Peonies

    Kacho zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 18th century to first half of the 19th century
    Kano Yôsen'in Korenobu (Japanese, 1753–1808)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-142-(2)

    Dimensions

    Image: 110.5 x 46.2 cm (43 1/2 x 18 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4452

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Pheasants and Rose Mallow

    Kacho zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 18th century to first half of the 19th century
    Kano Yôsen'in Korenobu (Japanese, 1753–1808)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-142-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 110.5 x 46.2 cm (43 1/2 x 18 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4453

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons

    Japanese
    Late Edo period - Meiji era
    19th century
    Hasegawa Gyokuhô (Japanese, 1822–1879 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 140.1 x 71.6 cm (55 3/16 x 28 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4711

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Falcon on a Perch

    Goshawk Standing on a Perch

    Korean
    Joseon dynasty
    16th century
    Attributed to Yi Am (Korean, 1507–1566 Korean)

    Description

    Markings

    6 seals

    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

    Tung WU, Tales from the Land of Dragons: 1000 years of Chinesse painting from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1997, pp. 219-220 & color plates on pp. 110-111

    Dimensions

    Image: 98.1 x 54.2 cm (38 5/8 x 21 5/16 in.) Overall: 72.3 cm (28 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6164

    Medium or Technique

    Ink, color, and gold on silk

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  • Peonies and Birds

    Japanese
    end of Edo period - Meiji era
    latter half of the 19th century
    Kano Kyui (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-355

    Dimensions

    Image: 119.7 x 54.2 cm (47 1/8 x 21 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6518

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Rose Mallow and Bird

    Japanese
    Edo period
    first half of the 19th century
    Kano Tangen (Japanese, dates unknown Japanese)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-257

    Dimensions

    75.6 x 41 cm (29 3/4 x 16 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6701

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons

    Shiki kacyo zu

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

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-242a

    Dimensions

    Image: 123.3 x 54.2 cm (48 9/16 x 21 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6878

    Medium or Technique

    One from a pair of hanging scrolls; ink and color on silk

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  • Eagle on a Rock

    Eagle
    Shichô zu byôbu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    17th century
    Soga Nichokuan (Japanese, active about 1625–1660)

    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. 134: no. 119 (2)

    Dimensions

    151.7 x 348.6cm (59 3/4 x 137 1/4in.)

    Accession Number

    11.6912

    Medium or Technique

    One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink on paper

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  • Peacock and Peonies

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1830s
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1158, 11.2131, 11.21130, 11.39604, 21.7907

    Inscription

    Chinese poem 牡丹花冨貴者也 幽斎

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Censor's seal: kiwame Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai 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

    Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #6; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #s 72, 254; Rijksmuseum cat. IV (1984), p. 29, #33; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #6.6

    Dimensions

    Ôtanzaku; 38.5 x 17.2 cm (15 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.21130

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Obverse: Portrait of a Falcon; Reverse: A Young European Woman

    Indian, Mughal
    Mughal period
    Obverse: datable to 1619 Reverse: about 1750

    Object Place: Northern India

    Description

    Inscription

    On obverse, in Devanagari script on the lowest margin, a partial inscription naming Mansur as artist.

    Provenance

    By 1912, Victor Goloubew (b. 1879 - d. 1945), Paris [see note 1]; 1914, sold by Goloubew through M. Meyer-Riefstahl to the MFA for $76,999.81 (total price for 14.532-700). (Accession Date: June 4, 1914) NOTES: [1] Victor Goloubew was born in Russia but lived in Paris by the time of this acquisition. He formed this collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and exhibited it at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1912 to 1914 (Paull, Florence Virginia. "The Goloubew Collection of Persian and Indian Paintings." Museum of Fine Arts Bulletin. Vol. XIII. No. 74. (February 1915) 1-16).

    Credit Line

    Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912 and Picture Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 28.7 x 20.5cm (11 5/16 x 8 1/16in.) Inside gold borders: 22.9 x 14.6 cm (9 x 5 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    14.683

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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  • Shrike and Blessed Thistle (Mozu, oniazami), from an untitled series known as Small Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1834 (Tenpô 5)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    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

    TNM, Hokusai (2005), #370; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chûban #22.08

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 25.5 x 18.8 cm (10 1/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.10226

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Birds of America, Plate 321, Roseate Spoonbill

    1824–38
    After John James Audubon (American, 1785–1851), Robert Havell, Jr. (American (born in England), 1793–1878)

    Description

    Provenance

    William Sturgis (1782-1863) to his son-in-law Samuel Hooper (1808-1875); to his cousin Robert Chamblett Hooper (1805-1869); William Hooper (1855-1932) by whom given to MFA in 1921

    Credit Line

    Gift of William Hooper

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 101.6 x 71.1 cm (40 x 28 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.11772.321

    Medium or Technique

    Etching and aquatint, hand-colored

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  • Kingfisher and Hydrangea

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1832 (Tenpô 3)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.7902, 21.7903, 47.21

    Inscription

    Poem: Ajisai ya/ mizu ni sakane to/ mizu kusashi 紫陽花や 水に咲ねと 水くさし

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #76; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #6.1

    Dimensions

    Ôtanzaku; 37 x 16.7 cm (14 9/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.21

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Cockatoo

    Early 20th century
    Unidentified artist, American (?), 20th century (American (?))

    Description

    Inscription

    Reverse: M.J. Heade

    Provenance

    The artist; Calza Gallery, Philadelphia; LeRoy Ireland, New York; with William Macbeth, New York, 1946; to Maxim Karolik, 1946; to MFA, 1964, bequest of Maxim Karolik.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maxim Karolik

    Details

    Dimensions

    71.12 x 61.28 cm (28 x 24 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.433

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Bird beneath a narcissus plant and blossoming rose bush

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Provenance

    Purchased by MFA, June 28, 1967

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    67.714

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk Legacy dimension: about 26.3 x 20.1 cm (52 x 20 in.)

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  • Two birds on a flowering branch (cedrela adorata) near a bamboo plant

    Chinese
    Qing dynasty
    about 1760
    Shen Quan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Helen S. Coolidge Fund - John Gardner Coolidge Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    67.715

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on silk

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  • Todi Ragini

    Indian, Rajasthani
    About 1760

    Object Place: Bundi or Kota, Rajasthan, Northern India

    Description

    Inscription

    Obverse: at top, in Devanagari: "Todi, Ragini of Bhairu; to be sung in the day." Number 2. On attached sheet, in devanagari: long inscription TO BE READ.

    Provenance

    By 1965, Indian dealer, Madras or Calcutta, India; 1965, purchased by John Goelet, New York, NY; 1967, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1967)

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Goelet

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 34 x 23.8 cm (13 3/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    67.797

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper

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  • Shadowy Egrets from the series Mother Nature

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Fine Arts Publishing Co. Ltd

    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

    2002.4377

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Chickens and Dragonfly

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1880 (Meiji 13), October
    Artist Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915), Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Inoue Eikichi (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Kobayashi Kiyochika (as graffitti on wall)

    Provenance

    1951, gift of Louis W. Black to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Accession Date: January 11, 1951)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Louis W. Black

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Smith, Kiyochika (exh. cat., Santa Barbara, 1988), #54; Ukiyo-e taisei 12 (1931), #519

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban

    Accession Number

    51.32

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Heron in the Water

    Japanese
    late Meiji era
    inscribed 1906
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation: Japan

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2002.4437

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigment on card stock

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  • Sparrows and Camellia in Snow

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1831–33 (Tenpô 2–4)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 06.1238, 06.1389, 21.7922, 21.7923

    Inscription

    Chinese poem 鳥鳶争食雀争巣 独立池辺風雪多

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Utagawa

    Provenance

    March 8, 1906, gift of Denman Waldo Ross

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Forrer 1997, #108; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #71; Bogel, Marks, and Goldman, Hiroshige Birds and Flowers (1988), #s 10 (solid gray background) and 11 (blue with snow); Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #6.8; Tanba 1965, #84

    Dimensions

    Ôtanzaku; 36.5 x 15.5 cm (14 3/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.1389

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sparrows and Bamboo in Snow

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century
    Kano Minenobu (Japanese, 1662–1708)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-199

    Dimensions

    Image: 98 x 42.9 cm (38 9/16 x 16 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4247

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink on silk

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  • Sparrows in Rice Field

    Japanese
    Edo period
    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century
    Kano Minenobu (Japanese, 1662–1708)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-200

    Dimensions

    Image: 29.5 x 36.2 cm (11 5/8 x 14 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4246

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

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  • Sparrow and Peonies

    Botan ni shokin zu

    Japanese
    Muromachi period
    15th–16th century
    Geiai (Japanese, active latter half of 15th century 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

    Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 6, pg. 108: no. 12

    Dimensions

    Image: 86.1 x 22.7 cm (33 7/8 x 8 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4148

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

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  • Peony and Sparrow

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Oda Kaisen (Japanese, 1785–1862 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    Description

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 102.4 x 37.1 cm (40 5/16 x 14 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4655

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Sparrows, Rice, Sun

    Kyoto
    1863
    Okajima Seikô (Japanese, 1823–1877 Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 128.4 x 50.7 cm (50 9/16 x 19 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8558

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Sparrows

    Kyoto
    Edo period
    Sessai (Japanese Japanese)

    Object Place: Japan

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 104.8 x 35.6 cm (41 1/4 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8564

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Sparrow on a Plum Tree

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Matsumura Keibun (Japanese, 1779–1843)

    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

    Dimensions

    Image: 21.7 x 20.6 cm (8 9/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8426

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

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  • Sparrow Hawk (Yôkin) and Camellia, reprinted from the album Kaihaku raikin zui (A Compendium of Pictures of Birds Imported from Overseas)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1790s
    Artist Kitao Masayoshi (Kuwagata Keisai) (Japanese, 1764–1824)

    Description

    Later edition, with added signatures and seals, of designes from an album first published in 1789 and reprinted in 1793.

    Signed

    Keisai sha

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Kitao Masayoshi

    Provenance

    June, 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from L. E. Charnley; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #23 (first edition?); Keyes, The Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat.), vol. 2 (1985), p. 434, #15 (first edition)

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 22.8 x 36.7 cm (9 x 14 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.5794

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • The Tongue-cut Sparrow (Shita-kiri suzume), from the series Assorted Storybook Prints (Akahon tsukushi)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1804–18 (Bunka era)
    Artist Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.20079, 21.6191

    Signed

    Shunman sei 俊満製

    Provenance

    Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from S. Mori; 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

    Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 8, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (1990), pl. 175; Polster & Marks, Surimono (1980), p. 409; another print in the series: Mizuta Museum, Surimono (2004), cat. no. 145

    Dimensions

    14 x 21.2 cm (5 1/2 x 8 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6191

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

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  • Sparrows (Murasuzume) and Pigeons (Hato), from the album Momo chidori kyôka awase (Myriad Birds: A Kyôka Competition)

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1790 (Kansei 2)
    Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, (?)–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Volume 2, picture 4.
    Poems by Aya no Orinushi (for the sparrows) and Sono no Kochô (for the pigeons).
    The artist and publisher are identified on the final page of the album, 21.6604a.
    The complete, intact album: 2005.119.1-2 and 2008.344.1-2.

    Signed

    (this page unsigned)

    Provenance

    January 1917, 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

    Asano and Clark 1995, #475.12

    Dimensions

    Horizontal ôban; 25.4 x 38.1 cm (10 x 15 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6601

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sparrows and Wisteria

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)

    Description

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    Markings

    No censor's seal No publisher's mark

    Provenance

    February 1914, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from S. Mori; 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

    Horizontal ôban; 25.9 x 37.6 cm (10 3/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.6682

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Wagtail and Roses

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Kawaguchiya Shôzô (Shôeidô, Eisendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.7982, 21.7983

    Inscription

    Poem: Yo no naka wa/ sekirei no o no/ hima mo nashi 世の中ハ 鶺鴒の尾の ひまもなし

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #308; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 240, chûtanzaku #23.38

    Dimensions

    Chûtanzaku; 37 x 12.4 cm (14 9/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7982

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Wagtail and Roses

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Kawaguchiya Shôzô (Shôeidô, Eisendô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 21.7982, 21.7983

    Inscription

    Poem: Yo no naka wa/ sekirei no o no/ hima mo nashi 世の中ハ 鶺鴒の尾の ひまもなし

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #308; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 240, chûtanzaku #23.38

    Dimensions

    Chûtanzaku; 37.1 x 12.9 cm (14 5/8 x 5 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.7983

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Finch on Red Plum Branch

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

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Natsukashiki ? ... ume no hana

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Kotanzaku; 33.5 x 7.5 cm (13 3/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8533

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Bird and Hibiscus

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1830–44 (Tenpô era)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Ariake no/ nurete ochitaru/ fuyô kana 有明の ぬれて落ちたる 芙蓉かな

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Ichiryûsai

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 149

    Dimensions

    Aitanzaku; 33.8 x 11.8 cm (13 5/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8070

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sparrow and Peonies

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1857 (Ansei 4), 2nd month
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem

    Signed

    Shigenobu hitsu 重宣筆

    Markings

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

    Provenance

    May 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Ito; 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

    Aitanzaku; 31 x 11.2 cm (12 3/16 x 4 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8104

    Medium or Technique

    Woodblock print (aizuri-e); color on paper

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  • Swallow and Weeping Cherry

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

    Description

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Markings

    Artist's seal: Hiro

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Kotanzaku; 33.8 x 7.1 cm (13 5/16 x 2 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8544

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sparrow and Nandina in Snow

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

    Description

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Provenance

    February 1914, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from S. Mori; 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

    Kotanzaku; 34 x 7.7 cm (13 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8547

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Sparrow and Begonia

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1844–45 (Kôka 1–2)
    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)

    Description

    Inscription

    Poem: Shûkaidô/ sono ha wa nani o/ kata-omoi 秋海棠 その葉は何を 片思い

    Signed

    Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆

    Credit Line

    William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Tanba 1965, #403

    Dimensions

    Kotanzaku; 34.2 x 7.5 cm (13 7/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8540

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Java Sparrow on Magnolia (Bunchô, kobushi no hana), from an untitled series known as Small Flowers

    Japanese
    Edo period
    about 1834 (Tenpô 5)
    Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)

    Description

    MFA impressions: 11.20436 (2nd ed.), 11.25142 (1st ed.), 21.10220 (1st ed.)

    Inscription

    Chinese poem by the literati painter Chen Shun (1483-1544) 「東風日夜発 桃李不禁吹 検点濃華事 辛夷落較遅 陳淳」

    Signed

    Saki no Hokusai Iitsu hitsu 前北斎為一筆

    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

    TNM, Hokusai (2005), #374; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 227, vertical chûban #22.06

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 25.7 x 18.7 cm (10 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.10220

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Red Sparrow (Beni suzume)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era - Taisho era
    Artist Unidentified, 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

    2002.18980

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink and metallic pigments on card stock

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  • Orchids and Hummingbird

    1875–83
    Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: M.J. Heade

    Provenance

    1875-83, the artist. With David David, Philadelphia; 1944, with A. Frederick Mondschein, New York; 1944, with Newhouse Galleries, New York; with Macbeth Gellery, New York; Stephen C. Clark, New York; 1946, with Macbeth Gallery, New York; 1946, sold by Macbeth to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1947, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947)

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    35.88 x 56.2 cm (14 1/8 x 22 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1164

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Gallery (Gallery 235)

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