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  • Sleeping Cat and Butterflies from the album Birds and Flowers

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

    Description

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-437

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    01.8477.1

    Medium or Technique

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Talatat: force-feeding a cow

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten
    1349–1336 B.C.

    Findspot: Egypt, Hermopolis, originally from el-Amarna

    Description

    Limestone talatat depicting two servants force-feeding a cow.

    Provenance

    From Hermopolis. Excavated by the Deutschen Hermopolis-Expedition between 1929 and 1939 (Roeder, Amarna Reliefs, no.PC 52); by 1963: with Michel Abemayor, New York; 1963: purchased by the MFA from Michel Abemayor, June 19, 1963.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 22.8 x 52 x 3.5cm (9 x 20 1/2 x 1 3/8in.) Other (Height x length x D): 52cm (20 1/2in.)

    Accession Number

    63.960

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

    Out on Loan

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

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Architectural elements, Relief

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  • Menuki in the form of a tortoise

    Japanese
    Edo period–Meiji era
    mid to late 19th century

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned 無銘

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 4.1 x 1 cm (1 5/8 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5335

    Medium or Technique

    Main material: shibuichi (?); decorative technique: katabori

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Mountain goat

    Near Eastern, Iranian, Elamite
    Proto-Elamite
    3500–2700 B.C.

    Findspot, Iran

    Description

    Figurine of mountain goat. Face gold-plated and also two attached curls on legs. One curl missing. Head made separate. Incised lines on side of body and leg incised on underside.

    Provenance

    By 1959: with Framroz Sorabji Khan & Co., Bombay, India; 1959: purchased by the MFA from Framroz Sorabji Khan & Co., Bombay, India. (Accession Date: January 8, 1959)

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 4 x 7 cm (1 9/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    59.14

    Medium or Technique

    Silver and sheet gold

    On View

    Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Elephant in motion

    French (Paris)
    19th century
    Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1795–1875)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Elephant in motion.

    Signed

    BARYE

    Provenance

    Bequest of Miss Elizabeth Sharp Gregerson. To be labelled: Gift of James R. Gregerson

    Credit Line

    Gift of James R. Gregerson

    Details

    Accession Number

    19.20

    Medium or Technique

    Metal; bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Menuki in the form of a reclining deer

    Japanese
    Edo period
    mid-19th century
    School Otsuki School (Japanese Japanese)

    Description

    Signed

    Atsu 篤

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Charles Goddard Weld Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3 x 0.6 cm (1 3/16 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.5333

    Medium or Technique

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

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Arms and armor

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  • Appliqué in the form of a running quadruped

    Near Eastern, Iranian
    7th century B.C.

    Object Place, Persia

    Description

    Provenance

    Said to come from Zawiyeh. By 1965, with Heidi Vollmoeller, Zurich, Switzerland; 1965; purchased by the MFA from Heidi Vollmoeller. (Accession date: September 22, 1965).

    Credit Line

    Frederick Brown Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: Length: 1.8 cm H. 2 cm

    Accession Number

    65.931

    Medium or Technique

    Gold

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment

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  • Cosmetic box with frog

    East Greek
    600–500 B.C.

    Place of Origin, Egypt

    Description

    Blue-green faience round box with crouching frog on swinging lid. Modern dowel. Interior divided into four wedge-shaped segments. Deep blue details on frog

    Provenance

    By 1970: with J.J. Klejman, New York; December 16, 1970: purchased by the MFA from J. J. Klejman, New York (said to have been found at Marsin near Adana in southwest Turkey). (Accession Date: December 16, 1970)

    Credit Line

    Edward J. and Mary S. Holmes Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    height x width box: 2.2 x 7 cm (7/8 x 2 3/4 in.) height x width lid: 2.8 x 7 cm

    Accession Number

    1970.571

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    On View

    Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Tools & equipment, Cosmetic and Medical

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  • Pottery vessel in form of a bull

    Near Eastern, Iranian, Amlash
    Early Iron Age
    999–900 B.C.

    Description

    Vessel in the form of a bull, incorporating both handmade and wheelmade elements. The hand-modeled body is ovoid, but pinched at the center to give it a slightly hourglass shape. A wheelmade funnel has been set into the top. The neck and horns are are handmade, but the head is wheelmade and serves as the spout.

    Provenance

    By 1986: Betty Bartlett McAndrew collection; bequeathed to the MFA by Betty Bartlett McAndrew October 22, 1986. (Accession date: October 22, 1986)

    Credit Line

    Estate of Betty Bartlett McAndrew

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x length: 12.6 x 7.5 x 19.2 cm (4 15/16 x 2 15/16 x 7 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1986.509

    Medium or Technique

    Pottery

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Vessel in the form of a hare

    Near Eastern, Levantine, probably Syrian
    Neolithic Period
    about 6400–5900 B.C.

    Description

    This may be the oldest work of art in the Museum’s collections. Although its function and place of origin are unknown, a nearly identical vessel was excavated in 1978 at the Neolithic village site of Bouqras, on the Euphrates River in Syria, which was radio-carbon dated to about 6400 BC.

    Provenance

    1995: purchased by Emanuel Tiliakos, Winchester, MA; 1996: purchased by the MFA from Emanuel Tiliakos.

    Credit Line

    Egyptian Curator's Fund and Partial Gift of Emmanuel Tiliakos

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 18.41 cm (7 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1995.739

    Medium or Technique

    Gypsum

    On View

    Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

    Collections

    Asia, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Statuette of Apis bull

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
    760–332 B.C.

    Description

    Provenance

    By May 7, 1930: Horace L. Mayer Collection; May 7, 1930: lent by Horace L. Mayer; December 12, 1973: gift of Mrs. H. L. Mayer.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 8 x 9 cm (3 1/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1973.662

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Vessel (aryballos) in the form of a hedgehog

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

    Place of Origin, Egypt

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1971: with Mathias Komor, New York; purchased by the MFA from Mathias Komor, April 14, 1971. (Accession Date: April 14, 1971)

    Credit Line

    John Wheelock and John Morse Elliot Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x length: 0.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 7 cm

    Accession Number

    1971.145

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    On View

    Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Plate with ram on a mountain top

    Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
    Sasanian
    A.D. 400–699

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1971: with E. Safani, New York; purchased by the MFA from E. Safani, January 13, 1971. (Accession date: January 13, 1971)

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Diameter: 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.52

    Medium or Technique

    Silver with mercury-gilded details

    On View

    Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

    Collections

    Asia, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Capture of a Wild Elephant

    Indian, Pahari
    about 1775–80
    Attributed to The Family of Nainsukh

    Object Place, Guler or Kangra, Punjab Hills, Northern India

    Description

    Provenance

    Given to the MFA by Denman Waldo Ross in 1917; Purchased from Ananda Coomaraswamy in 1917; Purchased in India prior to 1916.

    Credit Line

    Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 29.8 x 22.6 cm (11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.2626

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Horse amulet

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

    Description

    Amulet, in the form of a horse with a large collar. Green patina. Suspension ring on collar.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

    Accession Number

    30.623

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Camel

    Charles Théodore Frère (French, 1814–1888)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: TH. FRÈRE

    Provenance

    December 5, 1860, possibly sold at "Oil Paintings of the French and Belgian Schools," as no. 58, by Henry H. Leeds & Co., New York. [see note 1]. 1927, gift of Mrs. Ellerton James. (Accession date: September 8, 1927) NOTES: [1] Inscription in pencil on reverse of painting reads V11351 and 29334-3, likely a label from Vose Galleries, Boston.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Ellerton James

    Details

    Dimensions

    24.1 x 33 cm (9 1/2 x 13 in.)

    Accession Number

    RES.27.53

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on panel

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Teapot in the form of a camel

    English (Staffordshire)
    about 1740
    Made at Staffordshire (England)

    Object Place, Staffordshire, England

    Description

    Provenance

    1908, gift of Mrs. George Linder to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1908)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. George Linder

    Details

    Dimensions

    20.5 x 9.4 x 23.9 cm (8 1/16 x 3 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    08.166a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Salt-glazed stoneware

    On View

    Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

    Collections

    Europe

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware

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  • Vessel in the shape of a bound oryx

    Nubian
    Napatan Period
    early 7th century B.C.

    Findspot, Meroe, Sudan

    Description

    Vessel In form of an oryx bound for sacrifice. One piece. Horns of slate inset.

    Provenance

    From Meroe (Beg. W.), tomb 609, nos. 1-2-3. 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: 17.14 cm (6 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.879

    Medium or Technique

    Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Finger ring in the form of a rearing cobra

    Nubian
    Meroitic Period
    100–320

    Findspot, Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    The burial chamber of this tomb was unplundered and a significant amount of jewelry was recovered. There were rings on both hands and in boxes. This ring, in the form of a uraeus, was found on the right hand. It one had champleve enamel.

    Provenance

    From Meroe, Beg. W. 179. 1922: 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: February 1, 1922)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x diameter: 3.3 x 1.9 cm (1 5/16 x 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.515

    Medium or Technique

    Silver

    On View

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

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Rings

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  • Amulet of a sow

    Nubian
    Napatan Period
    712–653 B.C.

    Findspot, Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    Sow amulet standing in a small base, with suspension ring on the back.

    Provenance

    From Meroe, tomb W 832. 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.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 2.2 x 2.3 x 0.7 cm (7/8 x 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    23.852

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Bamboo, Bear, Pine

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    1871
    Mori Ippô (Japanese, 1798–1871)

    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: 121.2 x 44.9 cm (47 11/16 x 17 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8363

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

    Not On View

    Classifications

    Paintings

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  • Camel with musical instrument-pipa

    Chinese
    Sui dynasty
    early 7th century A.D.

    Description

    Provenance

    1950, Charles Bain Hoyt (b. 1889 - d. 1949), Boston; bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 11,1950)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.7 x 42.5 cm (13 11/16 x 16 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    50.897

    Medium or Technique

    Earthenware with ivory-white glaze and applied motif

    On View

    Paul and Helen Bernat Galleries (Gallery 274)

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

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  • Camel and donkey

    1880s
    Charles Reid (English, 19th century English)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed in neg., l.r.: 6527 CR

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 18.4 x 11.4 cm (7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.845

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Photography

    Classifications

    Photographs

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  • Elephant

    Persian
    Safavid
    second half of the 16th century

    Object Place, Iran

    Description

    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

    9.8 x 9.2 cm

    Accession Number

    14.571

    Medium or Technique

    Ink, gold, silver, and pale color on paper

    Not On View

    Collections

    Asia

    Classifications

    Books and manuscripts

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  • Hippopotamus amulet

    Egyptian
    Roman Period or later(?)
    after 30 B.C.

    Description

    Gold amulet in the form of a standing hippopotamus on a flat base.

    Provenance

    By 1913: Julia Cunningham (Mrs William) Lawrence collection; 1913: loaned to the MFA by Mrs. William Lawrence, November 21, 1913; 1927: returned by the MFA, November 16, 1927; given to the MFA by Mr. William Lawrence and his children in memory of Julia Cunningham Lawrence. (Accession Date: December 8, 1927)

    Credit Line

    Gift of William Lawrence and his children in memory of Julia Cunningham Lawrence

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length x height: 2.7 x 1.5 cm (1 1/16 x 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    27.854

    Medium or Technique

    Gold

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Criosphinx on a column

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

    Findspot, El-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    Amulet in the form of a criosphinx (a lion’s body with ram’s head and wings) sitting atop a pillar with a palm capital. The creature is a form of the god Amun of Gebel Barkal. A metallic projection on head for attaching headdress is now missing.

    Provenance

    From el-Kurru, Ku 55 (a queen of King Piankhy). 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: March 1, 1919)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x length: 7.2 x 1.8 x 1 cm (2 13/16 x 11/16 x 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.974

    Medium or Technique

    Gilt silver; peridotite

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Pendant with ram-headed sphinx

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

    Findspot, el-Kurru, Nubia, Sudan

    Description

    Large amulet of a ram-headed lion sitting on column, with red, green, and blue glass inlays in cloisons of gilt silver. Sphinx lacks one horn, and suspension ring.

    Provenance

    From El-Kurru, Ku 55 (an unnamed queen of King Piankhy). 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: March 1, 1919)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 10.3 x 3 cm (4 1/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.972

    Medium or Technique

    Gilded silver, lapis lazuli, and glass

    On View

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

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Pectorals

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  • Camel and donkey

    1880s
    Charles Reid (English, 19th century English)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed in neg. l.r.: 6528 CR

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 11.4 x 18.4 cm (4 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.842

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, Photography

    Classifications

    Photographs

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  • Rhyton in the form of a goat

    Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
    Achaemenid
    about 5th century B.C.

    Description

    Bronze rhyton in the shape of a goat with handle in the form of a hound.

    Provenance

    By 1960: Solieman Aaron Collection; to Aaron Family Collection, London; by 2001: with Robert Haber and Associates, New York; 2001: purchased by the MFA from Robert Haber and Associates. (Accession date: March 20, 2002)

    Credit Line

    Marilyn M. Simpson Fund, Florence E. and Horace L. Mayer Fund, Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund, and Egyptian Deaccession Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x length: 14 x 7 x 23.5 cm (5 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.30

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Pitcher (oinochoe)

    Greek, South Italian
    Early Hellenistic Period
    about 320–310 B.C.

    Place of Manufacture, Apulia, Italy

    Description

    Principal design: Pegasus (white, details in yellow) galloping to left. Field filled with conventional decoration. Painted over in places.
    The high-swung handle has a double ridge. The foot is “terraced” in four degrees and has a tall reserved stem. A hole passes through the foot of the vase. The mouth has a grooved rim.

    ITALIAN VASE PAINTING in ITALY, # 71 - (89.275)
    Oinochoe (shape 1)
    Attributed to the White Sakkos Painter
    (The Chariot Group)
    about 320-310 B.C.
    Pegasus, painted in white, with details in yellow, gallops to the left over a flowering plant; a similar plant grows at right. He is not flying, for his left rear hoof touches the dotted groundline. The field is filled with a variety of conventional filling ornaments: rosettes, ivy leaves, fillets, and phialai, all touched with added white or yellow or both.
    Two reserved stripes circle the lower body. There are large palmettes on the sides and back and a wave-pattern at the base of the handle. On the shoulder is a band of dotted egg-pattern, and there are white rays on the nect below three horizontal lines.
    for the White Sakkos Painter, see comments on cat. no. 69. The vases of the Charior Group are from his mature phase, when large oinochoai were a favored shape. Trendall and Cambitoglou list eight more examples with this subject: RVAp.II, p. 975, nos. 29/180, 29/181, 29/181a, 29/182; RVAp, Suppl. 1, p. 188, no. 29/182a-b; RVAp, Suppl. II, p. 363, nos.
    29/182 c-d.

    Provenance

    By 1889: with Pio Marinangeli, Rome (MFA archival card: said to be from Ruvo); March 1889: purchased by R. Lanciani from Pio Marinangeli; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1889

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 071.

    Dimensions

    Height: 40.4 cm (15 7/8 in.); diameter: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    89.275

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Not On View

    Collections

    Europe, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • De aquatilibus

    Petri Bellonii Cenomani de aquatilibus, libri duo cum eiconibus

    1553
    Attributed to Pierre Gourdelle (French, about 1530–after 1588 French), Author Pierre Belon (French, 1517?–1564 French), Printer Charles Estienne (French, 1504–about 1564 French)

    Place of Publication, Paris, France

    Description

    Paris: Charles Estienne, 1553

    Provenance

    Thomas, Lord Trevor (bookplate dated 1738); Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, by whom given to MFA, December 1989.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Brunet I, 761; Nissen, Zoologische Buchillustration, 302

    Dimensions

    Overall: 11.1 x 18 x 3.2 cm (4 3/8 x 7 1/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.844

    Medium or Technique

    Illustrated book with numerous hand-colored woodcuts

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  • Among the Sandhills (pink clouds)

    about 1918
    Arthur Wesley Dow (American, 1857–1922)

    Description

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist; with Hirschl & Adler, New York; from whom purchased by the MFA, January 2000.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Emily H. Marks

    Details

    Dimensions

    Block: 16.3 x 11 cm (6 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.) Sheet: 23 x 16 cm (9 1/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.7

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodcut on Asian paper

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  • Untitled (Pigs)

    1920–30
    George H. Seeley (American, 1880–1955)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed, verso, in graphite, l. r.: F-20. Inscribed, verso, in graphite, l. l.: T.1986.235.,

    Provenance

    William L. Schaeffer, Chester, CT; purchased December 1989.

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 34.9 x 42.5 cm (13 3/4 x 16 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1989.691

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, gelatin silver print, toned

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  • Disparate de Bestia (Animal Folly); plate from the "Disparates" (Follies) series, published in "L'Art", 1877

    Drawn and etched 1815–17; printed 1877
    Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

    Description

    Inscription

    For first edition of 1877, in burin, 1.1., "Goya. inv. et sc." / "L'Art.", b.c. "OTRA LEYES POR EL PUEBLO / (Autre lois pour le peuple)", l.r. "Fcois Lienard, Imp. Paris"

    Provenance

    W.G. Russell Allen (1882-1955, Boston)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Harris 268, III; Delteil 0222

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 24.2 x 35.2 cm (9 1/2 x 13 7/8 in.) Sheet: 30 x 42.8 cm (11 13/16 x 16 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1974.255

    Medium or Technique

    Etching, burnished aquatint, and tonal scratches; posthumous impression

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  • Study of a Goat

    undated
    Artist Jean-Baptiste Huet (French, 1745–1811)

    Description

    Provenance

    H.A. Elsberg by whom given to MFA 11/17/1937

    Credit Line

    Gift of H. A. Elsberg

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 37 x 47.9 cm (14 9/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    37.1188

    Medium or Technique

    Black chalk on off-white antique laid paper, laid down on cream antique laid paper

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  • Turkey

    1961
    Jacques Hnizdovsky (American (born in Ukraine), 1915–1985 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    7/50

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Wick

    Copyright

    © S. Hnizdovsky

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Tahir 038

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 72.5 x 39.2 cm (28 9/16 x 15 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    62.1123

    Medium or Technique

    Linoleum cut

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  • Among the Sandhills (blue sky and clouds)

    about 1918
    Arthur Wesley Dow (American, 1857–1922)

    Description

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist; with Hirschl & Adler, New York; from whom purchased by the MFA, January 2000.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Emily H. Marks

    Details

    Dimensions

    Block: 16.3 x 11 cm (6 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.) Sheet: 23.2 x 16.1 cm (9 1/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.8

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodcut on Asian paper

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  • Young Rabbit

    1977
    Jonathan L. Fairbanks (American, born in 1933 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    L.r. in graphite: J Fairbanks For E. Sayre 1977

    Provenance

    The artist; 1977 to Eleanor A. Sayre, Cambridge, MA; bequest to MFA

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Eleanor A. Sayre

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 24.5 x 30.5 cm (9 5/8 x 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.428

    Medium or Technique

    Graphite pencil with white chalk highlights on blue paper faded to pink

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  • Sheep

    1961
    Jacques Hnizdovsky (American (born in Ukraine), 1915–1985 American)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Lee M. Friedman Fund

    Copyright

    © S. Hnizdovsky

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Tahir 034

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 65.2 x 47.5 cm (25 11/16 x 18 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    61.1243

    Medium or Technique

    Woodcut

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  • Deer and Cherry Tree

    Shika zu

    Japanese
    Edo period
    1667
    Kano Tan'yû (Japanese, 1602–1674)

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Fenollosa-Weld Collection

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    KJM2-Kano-038-(1)

    Dimensions

    Image: 143.7 x 80.4 cm (56 9/16 x 31 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.4825

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Group of Merino Sheep

    after 1879
    Noah Wesley Wineland (American, 1842–about 1920 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    On stone right in pen: Drawn with pencil/ by N.W. Wineland, / Centerburg,/ Ohio

    Markings

    Watermark: J. Whatman, 1879

    Provenance

    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. no 1287, fig. 333 (Folk artists)

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 39.8 x 57.9 cm (15 11/16 x 22 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    56.744

    Medium or Technique

    Black and colored chalk, and black ink on paper

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  • Elephant of Asia running

    French
    19th century
    1834
    Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1795–1875)

    Object Place, Paris, France

    Description

    Bronze with black marble base.

    Provenance

    By 1896, Mrs. T. O. Richardson; 1925, bequest of Mrs. T. O. Richardson to the MFA.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Thomas O. Richardson

    Details

    Accession Number

    25.339

    Medium or Technique

    Metal; bronze

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  • Stag in winter moonlight (Stag at Fontainebleu)

    The Stag in Winter Moonlight

    William Morris Hunt (American, 1824–1879)

    Description

    Provenance

    William Perkins Babcock (1826-1899, Paris, Lugt 208); by whom given to MFA June 12, 1900

    Credit Line

    Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

    Details

    Dimensions

    23.8 x 15.3 cm (9 3/8 x 6 in.); Legacy dimension: 10 x 16 in.

    Accession Number

    B1883

    Medium or Technique

    Lithograph

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  • Le Jockey

    The Jockey [Le jockey]

    1899
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901)

    Description

    Provenance

    W. G. Russell Allen; MFA received by gift Jan. 1924

    Credit Line

    Fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Wittrock 308; Delteil 279 ii; Adhémar 365

    Dimensions

    Image: 51.4 x 35.7 cm (20 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.); Sheet: 51.4 x 35.7 cm (20 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.1704

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph printed in black, turquoise-green, red, brown, grey-beige and blue ink

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  • La Troupeau

    Jules Ferdinand Jacquemart (French, 1837–1880), After Paulus Pietersz. Potter (Dutch, 1625–1654 Dutch)

    Description

    Provenance

    Louis Gonse, Paris; from whom purchased by MFA with funds provided by George Peabody Gardner and Duplicate Print Fund, June 1921.

    Credit Line

    Gift of George Peabody Gardner and Duplicate Print Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 19.3 x 24 cm (7 5/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.11643

    Medium or Technique

    Brush and wash on paper

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  • Takarazuka Zoological Garden

    Japanese
    Taisho-early Showa era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Hankyu Railway Co., (Hankyu dentetsu kabushiki gaisha) (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

    2002.8409

    Medium or Technique

    Collotype; ink on card stock

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    Postcards

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  • Seated Sekhmet

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
    1390–1352 B.C.

    Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, temple of Mut

    Description

    Sekhmet with the head of a lioness seated on square seat, holding ankh in left hand. Inscription of Amenhotep III.

    Provenance

    From Thebes, Karnak, temple of Mut. 1835: collected by John Lowell, Jr. with permission of the Egyptian government (Lowell diary 4:2, March 14, 1835); 1875: given to the MFA by John A. Lowell and Miss Lowell. (Accession Date: March 18, 1875)

    Credit Line

    Gift of John A. Lowell and Miss Lowell

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 126.6 x 53.3 x 66.7 cm (49 13/16 x 21 x 26 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    75.7

    Medium or Technique

    Granodiorite

    On View

    Egypt: Sculpture and Tomb Chapels (Gallery 209)

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  • Ueno Zoological Gardens from the series Greater Tokyo (Dai Tokyo)

    Japanese
    Taisho-early Showa era
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation, Japan

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2002.8251

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Horse

    Greek
    Geometric Period
    about 750 B.C.

    Description

    The crossbar at the front legs is joined on to the front of the hooves; the bar at the back runs from the back of the left hoof only as far as the tail, where the latter touches the bar and the right hoof. He stands, alert on his four straight legs; his blade-like neck rises in an elegant curve, suggesting a mane like a rooster’s comb. An incised concentric circle marks the eye and is repeated for dapples on neck, shoulder, and flank. The blunderbuss head and long tail are characteristic, the latter joining the bar running between the hind hooves. The lack of ears is unusual. Dark to medium green patina, hard and with earth encrustation on it.

    Provenance

    By 1965: on the art market in Athens; purchased by MFA, October 13, 1965

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 006; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 5.7 x 5.3 cm (2 1/4 x 2 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.1292

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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  • Statuette of a deer nursing her fawn

    Greek
    Geometric Period
    8th century B.C.

    Description

    The deer is nursing the fawn. A bird is perched on the back of the former. Small, concentric circles are incised on the animals’ bodies and on the deer’s horns; her eye is a similar circle. On the under side of the base, a maeander. Dark, olive patina with slight corrosion.

    Provenance

    By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from the Kabirion, Thebes); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

    Credit Line

    Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 003; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 150.

    Dimensions

    Height: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.); depth: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    98.650

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze

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  • Sow at bay

    Greek
    Hellenistic Period
    about 2nd century B.C.

    Description

    The sow is about to crouch backwards, as if to spring. The mouth is open, and the tongue and upper teeth show. The eyes are inlaid in silver, and the fur or bristles are carefully cast and chasened. Green and brown patina. Encrusted.

    Provenance

    By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr. (according to the acquisition recommendation: said to be from the Beirut and London Art Markets); purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., April 8, 1964

    Credit Line

    William Francis Warden Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 092; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 10 x 19 cm (3 15/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    64.510

    Medium or Technique

    Bronze with silver

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  • Amulet of Harsaphes (Heryshef)

    Egyptian
    Third Intermediate Period, Dyn. 23, Neferkara Pe
    740–725 B.C.

    Object Place: Egypt, Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakeolpolis Magna)

    Description

    The town of Ihnasya el-Medina, capital of Lower Egypt in the First Intermediate Period, returned to prominence in the Third Intermediate Period when it was the seat of a local king named Neferkara Peftjawybast. An ancient inscription now in the Cairo Museum states that he collaborated with the invading Nubian kings of Dynasty 25.

    This precious gold statuette, found in the pavement of the temple of Ihnasya, is one of the few surviving monuments of that ruler. It represents the local god Harsaphes, a ram deity. The Greeks identified him with Herakles (Hercules), hence the town’s Classical name, Herakleopolis Magna. The god appears here in the form of a ram-headed man. As usual, the long wig masks what might otherwise be an awkward transition from human body to animal head. The ram’s long corkscrew horns support a tall crown with two ostrich plumes at the sides, known in Egyptian as the atef, which could be worn by the king as well as various gods, notably Osiris and Harsaphes. Cast using the lost-wax process, the god’s body is svelte and elegant, simply clad in a short wraparound kilt. Chased into the underside of the base is a hieroglyphic inscription naming the ruler along with a prayer for “life and protection.” In back of the head is a loop for suspension so that the statuette could be worn as an amulet.

    Provenance

    From Ihnasya el-Medina (Herakleoplis Magna), hyposytyle hall of temple. 1903-1904: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; 1905, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: January 1, 1905)

    Credit Line

    Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 6 x 0.7 x 1.7 cm (2 3/8 x 1/4 x 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    06.2408

    Medium or Technique

    Cast gold

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Pitcher (oinochoe)

    Greek, East Greek
    Archaic Period
    620–580 B.C.

    Place of Manufacture, Miletos, Ionia

    Description

    From bottom to neck three bands: (1) lotus flowers and buds; (2) dog pursuing six goats; (3) palmettes, griffins, geese and goats. Creamy slip. Handle repaired.
    Body flares from base; well-defined shoulder, trefoil mouth.

    Provenance

    By date unknown: with E. Simeon of London who said it was found in his own excavations in the island of Rhodes; by date unknown: purchased by Mrs. Samuel Torrey Morse from E. Simeon; gift of Mrs. Samuel Torrey Morse to MFA, January 1903

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. S. T. Morse

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Fairbanks, Vases (MFA), no. 290.

    Dimensions

    Height: 31 cm (12 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    03.90

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic

    On View

    Evanthea and Leo Condakes Gallery (Gallery 113A)

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  • Pig

    1880s
    Charles Reid (English, 19th century English)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed in neg, l.l.: 49

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 10.2 x 14.6 cm (4 x 5 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.847

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

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  • Goats

    1865
    Artist Emile van Marcke de Lummen (French, 1827–1890 French)

    Description

    Inscription

    On back: E. van Marck pinxit / Paris 1865

    Signed

    Lower left: Em. Van Marcke

    Provenance

    William Perkins Babcock (1826-1899, Paris, Lugt 208); acquired by bequest to MFA June 1900

    Credit Line

    Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 12.2 x 17.4 cm (4 13/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    00.726

    Medium or Technique

    Pen and watercolor on paper

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  • Small horse with donkey

    1880s
    Charles Reid (English, 19th century English)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed in neg., l.r.: 3779 C.R.

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 11.4 x 18.4 cm (4 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.846

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

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  • Wild Rabbits

    1880s
    Charles Reid (English, 19th century English)

    Description

    Inscription

    Inscribed in neg., l.r.: Wild Rabbits 2155 CR

    Provenance

    Charles Isaacs, Malvern, PA; gift to MFA, December 2002.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 11.4 x 18.4 cm (4 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.844

    Medium or Technique

    Photograph, albumen print

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  • Deer on Chocorua

    1932
    Karl Knaths (American, 1891–1971 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    In graphite l.l.: Deer on Chocorua; l.r: Karl Knaths '32

    Provenance

    The Downtown Gallery, 113 W. 13th Street, NY; Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA; from whom purchased by MFA Sept. 25, 2002

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Alan and Marianne Schwartz (Shapero Foundation)

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 27.3 x 28.3 cm (10 3/4 x 11 1/8 in.) Image: 20.3 x 20.3 cm (8 x 8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.323

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodcut in white line style (monotype) on Japanese paper

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  • Ivory inlay of an elephant

    Nubian
    Classic Kerma
    about 1700–1550 B.C.

    Object Place, Egypt

    Description

    From Classic Kerma. Ivory

    Provenance

    From Kerma. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1921: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Estimated Height x width: 5 x 3 cm (1 15/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.11799

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

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    The Ancient World

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    Furniture

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  • Rhyton in the form of a mounted Amazon

    Greek
    Classical Period
    Late 5th century B.C.
    Potter Sotades

    Findspot, Nubia (Sudan), , Place of Manufacture, Athens, Attica, Greece

    Description

    Traces of paint are still visible on the seated figure, the horse, and the base. The mounted figure wears a helmet with a large, crested plume and a large ear-like appendages on the sides. The redware rhyton depicts four figures (Persians and Greeks) in combat. It is signed on the base by Sotades the potter.

    Provenance

    From Meroe, South Cemetery, Pyramid 24. 1921: 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 October 27, 1921)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 34 cm (13 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.2286

    Medium or Technique

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Not On View

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  • Comb

    Egyptian
    Predynastic Period
    Naqada I (Amratian) 3850–3650 B.C.

    Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 495

    Description

    Some of the earliest three-dimensional representations of humans and animals in Egyptian art appear on small, utilitarian items such as combs, pins, and cosmetic implements. Bone and ivory combs like this one, which features the head of a gazelle were probably worn as hair ornaments. They occur from the end of the Neolithic era, and reached the height of their popularity in the earliest phases of the Predynastic Period.

    Provenance

    From Naga el-Hai (Qena), tomb K 495. February 7, 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 14 x 3.7 x 14.1 cm (5 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    13.3509

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

    On View

    Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Hair Ornaments

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  • Bowl with hippopotami

    Egyptian
    Predynastic Period
    Naqada I, 3850–3650 B.C.

    Findspot: Egypt, Mesaid, Tomb 26

    Description

    The scene on this early bowl already displays many of the qualities that would become canonical in Egyptian art. Stylized hippopotami are depicted in profile, with their essential features - mouths, eyes, ears, legs, and tails - shown as discrete symbols rather than realistically; yet combined they form a visually coherent and aesthetically pleasing whole. A landscape setting is indicated both by the wavy, concentric lines of the central rosette representing a pool of water or perhaps the Nile, and by the zigzag lines around the border of the bowl that suggest cliffs on the horizon. The three hippopotami wade peacefully in the intervening space.

    This bowl is one of the finest examples of what is known as “cross-lined ware.” It was handmade of reddish Nile silt clay, burnished, coated with a thin red slip, and then decorated with linear patterns in thick, creamy white paint. The cross-hatching for which the ware is named may initially have imitated basketry. The best artisans, however, added figures and created unique narrative scenes, many of which portray animals, such as the hippopotami seen here. The hippopotamus motif was destined to recur throughout Egyptian art, serving both as a symbol of the destructive god of chaos, Seth, and as a protective amulet to ward off danger. Other dangerous animals also occur on cross-lined pottery, particularly crocodiles, which are sometimes shown being hunted with nets. It is possible that these vessels were intended to impart the creatures’ power to the vessels’ owners, granting them success in the hunt and safety from danger. Most of the best examples come from tombs, and may have been made specifically as funerary offerings.

    Provenance

    From Mesaid (Mesa'eed) tomb 26, no. 6 [M/26/6]. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; March 2, 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x diameter: 6.8 x 19.4 cm (2 11/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.312

    Medium or Technique

    Pottery (Nile silt ware)

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    Egypt: Pre-Dynastic and Dynastic (Gallery 105A)

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  • Figurine of a bear

    Egyptian
    New Kingdom
    1550–1070 B.C.

    Description

    Wood, dull brown; smooth surface; rude carving; cracked; left ear and three feet missing.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x length: 5.9 x 15 cm (2 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.4167

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Decorated spheroid jar

    Nubian
    Meroitic Period
    2nd century A.D.

    Findspot, Kerma, Sudan

    Description

    Spheroid jar with a short, narrow neck; fineware, decorated with three red and black crocodiles and a duck, scroll band of grapes below. The presence of grapes on the vessel may indicate that it was used primarily for the storage of wine.

    Provenance

    From Kerma, Meroitic cemetery, grave K18/2. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; December 4, 1913: awarded to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 27.94 cm (11 in.)

    Accession Number

    13.4038

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    Pottery

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  • Amulet of a crocodile

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
    760–332 B.C.

    Description

    Throughout ancient Egyptian history, people wore amulets of crocodiles as protection against actual crocodiles. Amulet of pale greenish faience, unglazed, in the shape of a crocodile. Pierced at front (under head) for suspension. Several cracks, many superficial; base chipped.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    72.2466

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

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    Jewelry, The Ancient World

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    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Hippopotamus figurine

    Egyptian
    Middle Kingdom
    1991–1640 B.C.

    Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Grave 1301/1

    Description

    Light blue faience with details in black.

    Provenance

    From Kerma, grave 1301/1. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    13.4121

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

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  • Inlay of a hyena

    Nubian
    Classic Kerma
    1700–1550 B.C.

    Findspot, Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    This ivory inlay is one of five depicting hyenas that formed the bottom row of a panel at the foot of a wooden (ebony ) funerary bed. Incised lines are used for details, which may originally have been filled with pigment. The mouth is a zigzag line, arcs give form to the body, and notches along the edges of the back and tail are used for fur.

    This inlay forms a set that includes objects 13.4219-13.4223.

    Provenance

    From Kerma: tomb K1053. 1913: 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 4, 1913)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x length x width: 11.5 x 4.5 x 0.5 cm (4 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    13.4221e

    Medium or Technique

    Hippopotamus ivory

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  • Inlay of an ibex

    Nubian
    Classic Kerma
    1700–1550 B.C.

    Findspot, Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

    Description

    One of seven ibexes that once formed the top row of a panel at the foot of an ebony (?) bed. Belongs with 13.4219-23.

    Provenance

    From Kerma, tomb K1053. 1913: 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 4, 1913)

    Credit Line

    Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 6.8 x 7.6 x 0.4 cm (2 11/16 x 3 x 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    13.4219f

    Medium or Technique

    Ivory

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  • Landscape near Dieppe

    Constant Troyon (French, 1810–1865)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: C. T R O Y O N

    Provenance

    By 1884 with Thomas Gold Appleton. Boston, MA, USA (from the artist?); 1884, Boston, MA, USA. Museum of Fine Arts (bequest of Appleton) (Accession date: June 2, 1884)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Thomas Gold Appleton

    Details

    Dimensions

    52.4 x 81.9 cm (20 5/8 x 32 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    84.275

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • The Babbling Brook

    1851
    Asher Brown Durand (American, 1796–1886)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right, on rock: A B Durand/1851

    Provenance

    1851, the artist. Private collection, Hannacroix, New York. 1945, with John Nicholson, New York; 1945, with Charles D. Childs, Boston; 1945, sold by Charles D. Childs to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1947)

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    82.55 x 107.95 cm (32 1/2 x 42 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    47.1234

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Cows in a Pasture

    Marie Dieterle Van Marcke De Lummen (French, 1856–1935)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: Marie Deterle van Marcke

    Provenance

    Goupil & Co. (New York, NY, USA). By 1920 Louisa W. and Marian R. Case (Boston, MA; Weston, MA, USA); 1920 - Boston, MA, USA. Museum of Fine Arts (gift of Case) (Accession date: February 26, 1920)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Louisa W. and Marian R. Case

    Details

    Dimensions

    68.6 x 95.9 cm (27 x 37 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    20.1869

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Young Woman Watering Cattle

    Probably 1880s
    Julien Dupré (French, 1851–1910)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: JULIEN DUPRÉ-

    Provenance

    1919, bequest of Abraham Shuman. (Accession Date: February 6, 1919)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of A. Shuman

    Details

    Dimensions

    38.4 x 55 cm (15 1/8 x 21 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    19.17

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Herd-boys with water buffaloes under willow trees

    Chinese
    Yuan dynasty
    14th century
    Formerly attributed to Zhang Fu

    Description

    Markings

    ???? ? ???? ?????? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ?????? ???????? ??? ???? ???? ??? ???? ???? ???? ?? ???? ? ???? ?????? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ?????? ???????? ??? ???? ???? ?? ???? ???? ???? ??

    Provenance

    Between about 1750 and 1796, during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (r. 1735 -1796), kept in the Chun Hua Xuan, the main building of the Changchun Yuan garden complex in the Summer Palace, Beijing. 19th century, Yu Teng (b. 1832 - d. 1890), China. 1913, with a Mr. Re, China; October 5, 1913, sold by Mr. Re to Koichi Hayasaki (b. 1874 - d. 1956) and taken to Japan [see note 1]; December, 1913, shipped to Boston and purchased by the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1914) NOTES: [1] Koichi Hayasaki served as the MFA's purchasing agent in China.

    Credit Line

    Special Chinese and Japanese Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    42.5 x 37.3 cm (16 3/4 x 14 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    14.49

    Medium or Technique

    Ink and color on paper

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    Asia

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  • Peasant Girl with Two Cows

    1863
    Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: J. F. Millet

    Provenance

    By 1875, Emile Gavet, Paris; sold by Gavet at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 11-12, 1875, no. 39, and bought by Détrimont (probably for Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston). Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston; 1917, given to the MFA by Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Murphy 99

    Dimensions

    29.7 x 47 cm (11 11/16 x 18 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1516

    Medium or Technique

    Black conté crayon and pastel on beige laid paper

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  • Cowherd

    Bokudo

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    mid–1880s
    Artist Hashimoto Gahô (Japanese, 1835–1908)

    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-Modern-015

    Dimensions

    Image: 47.4 x 92 cm (18 11/16 x 36 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8725

    Medium or Technique

    Panel; ink and light color on paper

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  • Boy Tending Cow

    undated
    Anton Mauve (Dutch, 1838–1888)

    Description

    Inscription

    Signed: A. Mauve.

    Signed

    Lower right: A. Mauve

    Provenance

    William C. Cotton; acquired March 1933

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Elizabeth A. Cotton

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35.1 x 28.1 cm (13 13/16 x 11 1/16 in. )

    Accession Number

    33.317

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Walking Stag

    Antoine Louis Barye (French, 1795–1875)

    Description

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Susan Cornelia Warren

    Details

    Accession Number

    03.608

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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  • Two Foxes

    about 1923
    George Hawley Hallowell (American, 1871–1926 American)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: George H. Hallowell

    Provenance

    The artist; Dr. Frederick L. Jack, Boston, by 1923; to MFA, 1935, gift of Frederick L. Jack.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frederick L. Jack

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    35.1240

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Fox in a Trap

    about 1855-65
    Constant Troyon (French, 1810–1865)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: C. T R O Y O N. Stamped, lower right: V E N T E / T R O Y O N.

    Provenance

    1921, gift of Julia C. Prendergast. (Accession date: January 18, 1921)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Julia C. Prendergast in memory of her brother, James M. Prendergast

    Details

    Dimensions

    92.4 x 72.7 cm (36 3/8 x 28 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.8

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Landscape with Goats

    about 1660
    Adam Pijnacker (Dutch, 1622–1673)

    Description

    Although Pynacker’s paintings exhibit the characteristics of Dutch Italianate landscapes, there are no known documents that confirm he ever visited in Italy. Instead, he may have developed his luminous compositions infused with a golden-colored light from the works of artists like Jan Both. Though undated, this painting was assuredly executed around 1660, about the time the artist moved from Schiedam to Amsterdam. Pynacker’s paintings of this period were executed on a larger scale than his earlier works and—as is evident in this painting—often feature giant cabbage leaves in the foreground, distant mountain views, and prominently-placed birch trees.

    Inscription

    Lower center: APynacker (A and P Joined)

    Provenance

    Possibly Pierre Louis Paul Randon de Boisset (b. 1708 - d. 1776), Paris; February 3, 1777, possibly posthumous Randon de Boisset sale, Pierre Remy, Paris, lot 103 [see note 1]. 1809, possibly Pierre Grand-Pré, Paris; February 16-24, 1809, possibly Grand-Pré sale, Paris, lot 95a, to Alexandre-Joseph Paillet (b. 1743 - d. 1814), Paris. With James McClure and Son, Glasgow [see note 2]. Thos. Agnew and Sons, London [see note 3]. By 1949, Marion Schlesinger (Mrs. Jasper) Whiting (b. 1880 - d. 1965), Boston; 1965, bequest of Mrs. Jasper Whiting to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 20, 1965) NOTES: [1] On the early provenance of the painting, see Laurie B. Harwood, "Adam Pynacker (c. 1620 - 1673)" (Doornspijk, 1988), pp. 111-112, cat. no. B4. [2] A label on the reverse of the painting, now partially obliterated, reads "James McClure & Son / ...to her majesty / carvers, gilders, printsellers / 90, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow." James McClure is known to have been active in the second half of the nineteenth century. [3] On the reverse of the stretcher is a label from Agnew and the remains of an old, English language label that is largely illegible.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Jasper Whiting

    Details

    Dimensions

    96.9 x 84.5 cm (38 1/8 x 33 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.615

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

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

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  • Description

    Markings

    Watermark: J. Whatman, Turkey Mill. 1836

    Provenance

    Purchased from The Old Print Shop, New York, for the MFA's M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800-1875; November 13, 1952

    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. no 1243, cl pl. XX (Folk artists)

    Dimensions

    Overall: 30.8 x 31.8cm (12 1/8 x 12 1/2in.) Framed: 52.7 x 57.8 cm (20 3/4 x 22 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    52.1562

    Medium or Technique

    Stencil and watercolor over graphite on paper

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  • Black Horse

    about 1859
    Albert Bierstadt (American (born in Germany), 1830–1902)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: ABierstadt [AB in monogram]

    Provenance

    The artist; Hiasis Collection, New Haven, Conn.; with Victor Spark, New York, 1948; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1948; to MFA, 1948, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.29 x 48.58 cm (13 1/2 x 19 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.412

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on paper mounted on paperboard

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  • Study of a Horse

    19th century
    Unidentified artist, French (?), 19th century (French (?))

    Description

    Provenance

    Mrs. J. Templeman Coolidge; acquired June 1946

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. John Templeman Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 46.9 x 33.2 cm (18 7/16 x 13 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    46.596

    Medium or Technique

    Graphite pencil heightened with white gouache on greenish paper, upper corners rounded

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  • Man Leading a Horse

    Indian, Mughal
    Mughal period
    late 16th century

    Object Place, Northern India or Deccan

    Description

    Provenance

    Given to the MFA by Denman Waldo Ross in 1917.

    Credit Line

    Denman Waldo Ross Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    20.9 x 31.8 cm (8 1/4 x 12 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1352

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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  • Automedon with the Horses of Achilles

    1868
    Henri Regnault (French, 1843–1871)

    Description

    Regnault’s painting illustrates a story from Homer’s Iliad. Automedon, chariot driver for the Greek warrior Achilles, restrains the horses Xanthos (behind) and Balios, two beasts who could predict the future. As Regnault wrote, “the horses, aware that their master [Achilles] is taking them into combat, and that this combat will be the last and will cost him his life, struggle and wrest with the groom who has come to take them from their pasture. One of them, chestnut brown, rises like a great dark phantom, outlining himself against the sky. I wanted to give the picture a foretaste of disaster.”

    Inscription

    Lower left: H. Regnault / Rome. / 1868

    Provenance

    By 1872, acquired in France by Levi Parsons Morton (b. 1824 - d. 1920), New York [see note 1]; March 1, 1882, Morton sale, George A. Leavitt and Co., New York, lot 157, to Samuel A. Coale, St. Louis, MO [see note 2]; 1890, sold by Coale to the MFA for $1000. (Accession Date: June 17, 1890) NOTES: [1] The painting was executed in Rome in 1867/1868 and sent by the artist to Paris. Notes in the curatorial file indicate that Morton acquired it in France, where he served as U.S. Minister, though how and when is not known. It was first published as being in his possession by Henri Cazalès, "Henri Regnault: sa vie et son oeuvre" (Paris, 1872), p. 141. [2] In 1883, Coale exhibited the painting at William and Everett Gallery, Boston. It was on loan to the MFA from 1884 until 1890, during which time funds were raised for its purchase. See Walter Muir Whitehill, "Museum of Fine Arts Boston: A Centennial History" (Cambridge, MA, 1970), vol. 1, pp. 78–81.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

    Details

    Dimensions

    315 x 329 cm (124 x 129 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    90.152

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    The Beal Gallery (Gallery 251)

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  • Dappled Draught Horse Being Shod

    Cheval gris pommelé chez la maréchal ferrant

    about 1823
    Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault (French, 1791–1824)

    Description

    Signed

    Signed lower right in pen: Gericault

    Provenance

    Leon Suzor, Paris; Galerie Charpentier, Paris (1948); Galerie de Bayser, Paris, from whom acquired September 1959

    Credit Line

    Mary L. Smith Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Delteil 072, study for

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 16.3 x 23.2 cm (6 7/16 x 9 1/8 in.) Mount: 23.9 x 31.2 cm (9 7/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    59.524

    Medium or Technique

    Graphite pencil, gray and brown wash

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  • Seaweed Gatherer

    Anton Mauve (Dutch, 1838–1888)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: A Mauve

    Provenance

    With Goupil and Co., New York. By 1878, Thomas Gold Appleton, Boston (purchased from Goupil and Co.?); 1878, given by Thomas Gold Appleton to his nephew, Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow (b. 1845 - d. 1921), Boston; 1923, bequeathed by Longfellow to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 1, 1923)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow

    Details

    Dimensions

    21.6 x 29.5 cm (8 1/2 x 11 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    23.492

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on panel

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  • Small woven picture titled "The Finish"

    English (Coventry)
    19th century

    Object Place, England

    Description

    Shows horserace, spectator’s stands and finish line in background; woven with polychrome silks on white ground; mounted in cardboard mat; on reverse, printed list of Stevenograph pictures.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Miss Barbara Wriston

    Details

    Dimensions

    4.8 x 15 cm (1 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    54.29

    Medium or Technique

    Silk weaving

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  • Racehorses at Longchamp

    1871, possibly reworked in 1874
    Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)

    Description

    Horse racing, a luxury sport imported from England, enjoyed a vogue in 19th-century Paris. Built on the Western edge of the city in 1857, the Longchamp racetrack drew fashionable spectators, including Degas, whose love for horses was matched only by his attachment to the ballet. This scene of jockeys and their mounts milling beside the track at the end of a race was the first Degas painting purchased by an American museum.

    Inscription

    Lower left: E Degas

    Provenance

    1894, possibly Théodore Duret (b. 1838 - d. 1927), Paris; March 19, 1894, possibly Duret sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 14, bought in [see note 1]. 1900, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris [see note 2]; February 10, 1900, sold by Bernheim-Jeune to Durand-Ruel, Paris (stock no. 5689); deposited with Cassirer, Berlin; June 10, 1900, returned from Cassirer to Durand-Ruel, Paris; December 19, 1900, deposited with M. Whitaker, Montreal; February 18 or 20, 1901 [see note 3], sold by Durand-Ruel, Paris, to Durand-Ruel, New York (stock no. 2464); March 27, 1901, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York, to Mrs. William H. Moore, New York; April 1, 1901, sold by Mrs. Moore to Durand-Ruel, New York; 1903, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York, to the MFA for $12,000. (Accession Date: April 28, 1903) NOTES: [1] This painting may be the "Chevaux de courses" by Degas, measuring 32 x 40 cm, bought in Duret's name for 1400 francs. See Merete Bodelson, "Early Impressionist Sales 1874 - 94 in the light of some unpublished 'procès-verbaux,'" Burlington Magazine, June, 1968, p. 346. [2] The following provenance (between 1900 and 1903) comes from a letter from Charles Durand-Ruel to Angelica Rudenstine of the MFA (February 13, 1964; in MFA curatorial file) and Jean Sutherland Boggs et al., "Degas at the Races" (exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 250, cat. no. 49. [3] Boggs et al. (as above, n. 2) give the date of the sale as February 18; Charles Durand-Ruel gives the date as February 20.

    Credit Line

    S. A. Denio Collection—Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.0 x 41.9 cm (13 3/8 x 16 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    03.1034

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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    Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)

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  • Horse with Saddle from the series Anthology of Works by Six Celebrated Western-style Painters (Roku taika gassaku)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    1906
    Mitsutani Kunishiro (Japanese, 1874–1936 Japanese), Publisher Japanese Postcard Association (Nihon hagaki kai) (Japanese), Distributed by Hakubunkan (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

    2002.1040

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Woman in Kimono Feeding a White Rabbit (from an unidentified series)

    Japanese
    Taisho - early Showa 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: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.2755

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on paper

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  • New Year's Card: Two Rabbits in the Bush (from an unidentified series)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unidentified, 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

    2002.2997

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • New Year's Card: Two Rabbits (from an unidentified series)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unidentified, 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

    2002.2992

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • New Year's Card: White Rabbit on the Ground (from an unidentified series)

    Japanese
    Late Meiji era
    Artist Unidentified, 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

    2002.2994

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • Sitting Woman with a White Rabbit on Her Knee (from an unidentified series)

    Japanese
    Taisho - early Showa 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: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2002.2756

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on paper

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  • Hares and Autumn Full Moon

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Attributed to Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)

    Description

    Signed

    Unsigned

    Provenance

    January 1917, 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

    Dimensions

    Vertical chûban; 29.6 x 21 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    21.4575

    Medium or Technique

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

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  • Rabbit

    Japanese
    Meiji era
    late 19th century
    Suzuki Shônen (Japanese, 1849–1918)

    Object Place, Japan

    Description

    Markings

    「山間明月」 「大椿」

    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: 34.3 x 42.3 cm (13 1/2 x 16 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8242

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

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  • New Year's Card: Snow Rabbit

    Japanese
    early Showa era
    1927
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation, Japan

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2002.8821

    Medium or Technique

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

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  • New Year's Card: Snow Rabbit

    Japanese
    early Showa era
    1927
    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Place of Creation, Japan

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Accession Number

    2002.8828

    Medium or Technique

    Color woodblock print; ink on card stcok

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  • Rabbits and Pine

    Japanese
    Edo period
    Kishi Gantai (Japanese, 1782–1865 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: 143.8 x 82.8 cm (56 5/8 x 32 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    11.8191

    Medium or Technique

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

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  • Rabbit amid Ferns and Flowering Plants

    1855
    William J. Webbe (British, active in 1853–1878)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower left: W. J. Webbe 1855

    Provenance

    By 1971, The Stone Gallery, Newton-upon-Thyme, England. Mrs. Crawford J. Cambell, Boston, MA. The English Gallery, Boston, MA; sold by the English Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Samuel Parkman Oliver

    Details

    Dimensions

    35.6 x 35.6 cm (14 x 14 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.441

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery (Gallery 252)

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  • Rabbit Warren, Dawn

    1867
    Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: J. F. Millet

    Provenance

    By 1875, Emile Gavet; June 11-12, 1875, sold at Gavet Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, no. 70, and bought by Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York; 1875, with Durand-Ruel, Paris and New York. By 1917, Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton

    Details

    Dimensions

    49.5 x 59.7 cm (19 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1522

    Medium or Technique

    Pastel and black conté crayon on cream wove paper

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  • Rabbit

    1831–95
    Isaac Sprague (American, 1811–1895 American)

    Description

    Provenance

    Priscilla C. Sprague (great-niece of artist), Cambridge, MA; bequest to MFA, May 1977.

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Miss Priscilla C. Sprague

    Details

    Dimensions

    19 x 25.5 cm (7 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.220

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor on paper

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  • Paper weight in the shape of a rabbit

    Japanese
    Edo period
    19th century
    Takahashi Dôhachi II (Japanese, dates unknown)

    Object Place, Yamashiro Kyoto

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1901, William Sturgis Bigelow; 1901 gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the Morse Collection. (Accession date: Janurary 1, 1901)

    Credit Line

    Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow to the Morse Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 14.9 x 8.3 x 13.7 cm (5 7/8 x 3 1/4 x 5 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.8411

    Medium or Technique

    Glazed stoneware, ceramic white clay

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  • Rhinoceros

    1515
    Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)

    Description

    Inscription

    Verso in graphite: 1st state, 1589, 6218ref, no. 176; bottom edge of mount in graphite: TRP. coll BM - 370, The Rhinocerus/(1st state), B.136, CD125, M273, K.299

    Markings

    Verso bottom center and bottom right 2 brown ink stamps "Tomas Harris" Verso black ink stamp "BRITISH MUSEUM 1589-1585" Verso brown ink stamp "BRITISH MUSEUM DUPLICATE" (Lugt 305) with pen & brown ink "A.E.P" at the center of the stamp

    Provenance

    British Museum, duplicate (Lugt 302 and 305); to Tomás Harris (b. 1908 - d. 1964), London; to P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London; 1968, sold by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd. to the MFA Boston. (Accession Date: June 12,1968)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bartsch (relief) 136; Meder 273, I; Schoch, Mende, Scherbaum 241, first ed.

    Dimensions

    Block, with inscription: 23.5 x 30.1 cm (9 1/4 x 11 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    68.247

    Medium or Technique

    Woodcut with letterpress

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  • The Rhinoceros

    1515
    Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)

    Description

    Provenance

    Henry F. Sewall (1816-1896, New York); from whom purchased by the MFA November, 1897

    Credit Line

    Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bartsch (relief) 136; Meder 273, VI

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 21.4 x 29.9 cm (8 7/16 x 11 3/4 in. )

    Accession Number

    97.1165

    Medium or Technique

    Woodcut

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  • Rhinoceros

    after 1620
    Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)

    Description

    Markings

    no visible watermark

    Provenance

    Heneage Finch, Fifth Earl of Aylesford (b. 1786 - d. 1859), London & Warwickshire (Lugt 58); Paul J. Sachs (b. 1878 - d. 1965), Cambridge, MA; W. G. Russell Allen (b. 1882 - d. 1955); 1971, bequest of W. G. Russell Allen to the MFA Boston. (Accession Date: May 12, 1971)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Bartsch (relief) 136; Meder 273, VII, with chiaroscuro block; Schoch, Mende, Scherbaum 241, 7th ed.

    Dimensions

    Block: 21.2 x 29.8 cm (8 3/8 x 11 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.235

    Medium or Technique

    Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from two blocks in black and blue-green

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  • Newborn Lamb

    1866
    Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: J. F. Millet

    Provenance

    By 1866, commissioned from the artist by Emile Gavet, Paris; sold by Gavet at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 11-12, 1875, lot no. 66. Quincy Adams Shaw, Boston; 1917, given to the MFA by Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy A. Shaw, Jr. and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    Murphy 114

    Dimensions

    40.4 x 47.1 cm (15 7/8 x 18 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1513

    Medium or Technique

    Pastel and black conté crayon on beige wove paper

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  • Sheep and Shepherd in a Landscape

    about 1854
    Constant Troyon (French, 1810–1865)

    Description

    Inscription

    Lower right: C. T R O Y O N

    Provenance

    By 1864, with Auguste de Charliere. 1884, Thomas Gold Appleton, Boston; 1884, bequest of Thomas Gold Appleton to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 2, 1884)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Thomas Gold Appleton

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.9 x 45.1 cm (13 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    84.276

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

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  • Feeding Sheep

    undated
    Félix Saturnin Brissot de Warville (French, 1818–1892 French)

    Description

    Signed

    Lower left: F. Brissot

    Provenance

    Gardner Brewer, Massachusetts; Mrs. Arthur Croft; acquired July 1901

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 25.1 x 36 cm (9 7/8 x 14 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    01.6226

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor

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  • The Belated Kid

    1854–57
    William Morris Hunt (American, 1824–1879)

    Description

    Hunt began this monumental image of a peasant girl and her rescued kid about 1854, when he was working with the French realist painter Jean-François Millet in Barbizon, a village outside Paris. He finished it after returning home to Newport, Rhode Island, in 1857. It proved so popular when exhibited in the United States that Boston collector Peter Chardon Brooks (who on Hunt’s recommendation also became a great patron of Millet) commissioned a replica.
    The painting clearly was inspired by Millet’s pictures of peasant children [17.1484], especially those depicting young girls diligently watching over one or two cows or sheep. In Hunt’s version of the subject, a kid that strayed and was found again is carried home by a pretty barefoot shepherdess. To add to the sentimental mood of the painting, Hunt shows a mother goat following them closely as though to express gratitude for the rescue. While Hunt’s image echoes Millet’s images of rural labor, it is considerably more romantic in its presentation of the innocence and goodness of these hardworking peasant children. The large scale of the figure is tempered by soft contours, delicate colors, and subdued lighting to create an image that is both noble and tender.

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

    Provenance

    1857, James Davis. By 1879, Miss Elizabeth Howes; 1907, bequest of Miss Elizabeth Howes to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 20, 1907)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Miss Elizabeth Howes

    Details

    Dimensions

    137.79 x 98.42 cm (54 1/4 x 38 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    07.135

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Penny and Jeff Vinik Gallery (Gallery 233)

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  • Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep

    Shepherd and Sheep on the Dunes

    undated
    Anton Mauve (Dutch, 1838–1888)

    Description

    Provenance

    Miss Ellen Gray; by whom bequeathed to the MFA May 18, 1922

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Miss Ellen Gray

    Details

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 35 x 48.5 cm (13 3/4 x 19 1/8 in. )

    Accession Number

    22.589

    Medium or Technique

    Watercolor on paper

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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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  • The Garden of Eden

    about 1860
    Erastus Salisbury Field (American, 1805–1900)

    Description

    About 1860, after the death of his wife, Erastus Salisbury Field set aside his busy portrait-painting practice in Ware, Massachusetts, and began creating religious and historical pictures. Although his brief period of training with painter Samuel F. B. Morse [48.455] in New York no doubt exposed him to the conventions of high-style history painting, Field’s own works in the genre were highly idiosyncratic and reflected his increasingly eccentric personality. Although Field’s neighbors are reputed to have marveled at the extraordinary and often gargantuan pictures he created, his work seldom found a market, and many of his canvases were found stacked up against the walls of his studio—little more than a shack—when he died.
    The Garden of Eden (which exists in two versions; the second is at the Shelburne Museum, Vermont) was among the first of Field’s biblical subjects. Although based to some degree on paintings of the Genesis creation story by such well-known artists as the British romantic painter John Martin and the American Thomas Cole [47.1188], which Field probably knew from illustrated Bibles and inexpensive engravings, Field’s Eden reflects equally his own fantasy world. His paradise is a lush and precisely organized place. The cone-shaped mountains recede in orderly rows, New England fruit trees are matched with tropical palms, and—like a miniature Noah’s ark—the animals are arrayed in pairs, with such exotic species as elephants, giraffes, and zebras coexisting amicably with their domestic brethren.

    When the Museum acquired The Garden of Eden in 1948, it looked significantly different than it does now. It seemed less a depiction of the events leading up to the expulsion from paradise than an illustration of Adam naming the animals (as described in Genesis 2:19–20), for neither Eve nor the serpent was present. Conservators discovered that they had been painted over (possibly, according to the artist’s great-nephew, at the request of his prudish spinster aunt). Once the censorious overpaint was removed and the picture returned to the artist’s original conception, the seeds of discord were again visible in paradise.

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

    Provenance

    About 1860, the artist; 1916, descended in the artist's family to his grand nephew, Carey S. Hayward, Pittsfield, Mass.; 1948, sold by Carey S. Hayward to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1948, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948)

    Credit Line

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    88.26 x 116.52 cm (34 3/4 x 45 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.1027

    Medium or Technique

    Oil on canvas

    On View

    Joyce and Edward Linde Gallery (Gallery 237)

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  • Zebra

    Indian, Mughal
    Mughal period
    about 1621
    Attributed to Mansur (Indian, active about 1590–1625 Indian)

    Object Place, Northern India

    Description

    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

    18.9 x 27 cm (7 7/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    14.659

    Medium or Technique

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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  • Crocodile

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
    760–332 B.C.

    Description

    Crocodile made of dark green granite or steatite. It is polished, and the surface is somewhat scratched. The details are incised. The tail and forepaws are missing. There is a hole in the base.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x length: 4.7 x 4.7 x 14 cm (1 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.721

    Medium or Technique

    Stone

    Not On View

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Sculpture

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  • Vessel (aryballos) in the form of a hedgehog

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
    760–332 B.C.

    Description

    Small faience vessel in the shape of a hedgehog. There is whitish paste with brown discolorations. There is a cross hatched design to indicate fur. Traces of blue-green glaze remain. The rim and handle are inserted as separate composite elements (or possibly restoration).

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height x width x depth: 6.3 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.1604

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Out on Loan

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

    Collections

    The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Vessels

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  • Amulet of a hare

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
    760–332 B.C.

    Description

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.2451

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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  • Amulet of a uraeus cobra

    Egyptian
    Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
    760–332 B.C.

    Description

    Faience; pale purple color; glazed; uraeus with front elaborately decorated with incised details; base nicked; suspension ring on top.

    Provenance

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

    Credit Line

    Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

    Details

    Dimensions

    Width x length: 2.1 x 3.5 cm (13/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    72.2456

    Medium or Technique

    Faience

    Not On View

    Collections

    Jewelry, The Ancient World

    Classifications

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

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