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MFA Images: Animals

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  • Sleeping Cat and Butterflies from the album Birds and Flowers

    first half of the 19th century

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    01.8477.1

    Collections

    Asia

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  • Talatat: force-feeding a cow

    1349–1336 B.C.

    Description

    Limestone talatat depicting two servants force-feeding a cow.

    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.)

    Medium

    Limestone

    Classification

    Architectural elements , Relief

    Accession Number

    63.960

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Menuki in the form of a tortoise

    mid to late 19th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5335

    Collections

    Asia

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  • Mountain goat

    3500–2700 B.C.

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Silver and sheet gold

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    59.14

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Elephant in motion

    19th century

    Antoine Louis Barye, French, 1795–1875

    Description

    Elephant in motion.

    Details

    Medium

    Metal; bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    19.20

    Collections

    Europe

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  • Menuki in the form of a reclining deer

    mid-19th century

    School Otsuki School, Japanese Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    11.5333

    Collections

    Asia

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  • Appliqué in the form of a running quadruped

    7th century B.C.

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: Length: 1.8 cm H. 2 cm

    Medium

    Gold

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment

    Accession Number

    65.931

    Collections

    Asia , Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Cosmetic box with frog

    600–500 B.C.

    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

    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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Tools & equipment , Cosmetic and Medical

    Accession Number

    1970.571

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Pottery vessel in form of a bull

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Pottery

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    1986.509

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Vessel in the form of a hare

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Gypsum

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    1995.739

    Collections

    Asia , The Ancient World

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  • Statuette of Apis bull

    760–332 B.C.

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1973.662

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Vessel (aryballos) in the form of a hedgehog

    664–525 B.C.

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    1971.145

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Plate with ram on a mountain top

    A.D. 400–699

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Silver with mercury-gilded details

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    1971.52

    Collections

    Asia , The Ancient World

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  • Capture of a Wild Elephant

    about 1775–80

    Attributed to The Family of Nainsukh

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    17.2626

    Collections

    Asia

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  • Horse amulet

    7th–4th century B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 2.6 cm (1 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    30.623

    Collections

    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Camel

    Charles Théodore Frère, French, 1814–1888 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.27.53

    Collections

    Europe

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  • Teapot in the form of a camel

    about 1740

    Made at Staffordshire, England

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Salt-glazed stoneware

    Classification

    Ceramics , Pottery , Stoneware

    Accession Number

    08.166a-b

    Collections

    Europe

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  • Vessel in the shape of a bound oryx

    early 7th century B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 17.14 cm (6 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    24.879

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Finger ring in the form of a rearing cobra

    100–320

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Silver

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Rings

    Accession Number

    24.515

    Collections

    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Amulet of a sow

    712–653 B.C.

    Description

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

    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.)

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    23.852

    Collections

    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Bamboo, Bear, Pine

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  • Camel with musical instrument-pipa

    early 7th century A.D.

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Earthenware with ivory-white glaze and applied motif

    Classification

    Ceramics , Pottery , Earthenware

    Accession Number

    50.897

    Collections

    Asia

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  • Camel and donkey

    1880s

    Charles Reid, English, 19th century English

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.845

    Collections

    Europe , Photography

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  • Elephant

    second half of the 16th century

    Description
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    Dimensions

    9.8 x 9.2 cm

    Medium

    Ink, gold, silver, and pale color on paper

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts

    Accession Number

    14.571

    Collections

    Asia

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  • Hippopotamus amulet

    after 30 B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Gold

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    27.854

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    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Criosphinx on a column

    743–712 B.C.

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Gilt silver; peridotite

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    24.974

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    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Pendant with ram-headed sphinx

    743–712 B.C.

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Gilded silver, lapis lazuli, and glass

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Pectorals

    Accession Number

    24.972

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    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Camel and donkey

    1880s

    Charles Reid, English, 19th century English

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.842

    Collections

    Europe , Photography

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  • Rhyton in the form of a goat

    about 5th century B.C.

    Description

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

    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.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    2002.30

    Collections

    The Ancient World

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  • Pitcher (oinochoe)

    about 320–310 B.C.

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    89.275

    Collections

    Europe , The Ancient World

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  • De aquatilibus

    1553

    Attributed to Pierre Gourdelle, French, about 1530–after 1588...

    Description

    Paris: Charles Estienne, 1553

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Illustrated book with numerous hand-colored woodcuts

    Classification

    Illustrated Books

    Accession Number

    1989.844

    Collections

    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Among the Sandhills (pink clouds)

    about 1918

    Arthur Wesley Dow, American, 1857–1922

    Description
    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.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut on Asian paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2000.7

    Collections

    Americas , Prints and Drawings

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  • Untitled (Pigs)

    1920–30

    George H. Seeley, American, 1880–1955

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print, toned

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1989.691

    Collections

    Americas , Photography

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  • Disparate de Bestia (Animal Folly); plate from the...

    Drawn and etched 1815–17; printed 1877

    Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746–1828

    Description
    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Etching, burnished aquatint, and tonal scratches; posthumous impression

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    1974.255

    Collections

    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Study of a Goat

    undated

    Artist Jean-Baptiste Huet, French, 1745–1811

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    37.1188

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Turkey

    1961

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Linoleum cut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    62.1123

    Collections

    Americas , Contemporary Art , Prints and Drawings

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  • Among the Sandhills (blue sky and clouds)

    about 1918

    Arthur Wesley Dow, American, 1857–1922

    Description
    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.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut on Asian paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2000.8

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    Americas , Prints and Drawings

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  • Young Rabbit

    1977

    Jonathan L. Fairbanks, American, born in 1933 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    2002.428

    Collections

    Americas , Contemporary Art , Prints and Drawings

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  • Sheep

    1961

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Woodcut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    61.1243

    Collections

    Americas , Contemporary Art , Prints and Drawings

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  • Deer and Cherry Tree

    1667

    Kano Tan'yû, Japanese, 1602–1674

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.4825

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    Asia

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  • Group of Merino Sheep

    after 1879

    Noah Wesley Wineland, American, 1842–about 1920 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Black and colored chalk, and black ink on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    56.744

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    Americas , Prints and Drawings

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  • Elephant of Asia running

    1834

    Antoine Louis Barye, French, 1795–1875

    Description

    Bronze with black marble base.

    Details

    Medium

    Metal; bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    25.339

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    Europe

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  • Stag in winter moonlight (Stag at Fontainebleu)

    William Morris Hunt, American, 1824–1879

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Lithograph

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    B1883

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  • Le Jockey

    1899

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901

    Description
    Details

    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.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    24.1704

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • La Troupeau

    Jules Ferdinand Jacquemart, French, 1837–1880

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Brush and wash on paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    21.11643

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Takarazuka Zoological Garden

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Collotype; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.8409

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Seated Sekhmet

    1390–1352 B.C.

    Description

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

    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.)

    Medium

    Granodiorite

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    75.7

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    The Ancient World

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

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.8251

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    Asia , Prints and Drawings

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  • Horse

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    65.1292

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    The Ancient World

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  • Statuette of a deer nursing her fawn

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    98.650

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    The Ancient World

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  • Sow at bay

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Bronze with silver

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    64.510

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    The Ancient World

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  • Amulet of Harsaphes (Heryshef)

    740–725 B.C.

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Cast gold

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    06.2408

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  • Pitcher (oinochoe)

    620–580 B.C.

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ceramic

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    03.90

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  • Pig

    1880s

    Charles Reid, English, 19th century English

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.847

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    Europe , Photography

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  • Goats

    1865

    Artist Emile van Marcke de Lummen, French, 1827–1890 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Pen and watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    00.726

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  • Small horse with donkey

    1880s

    Charles Reid, English, 19th century English

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print, squared in graphite for transfer

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.846

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  • Wild Rabbits

    1880s

    Charles Reid, English, 19th century English

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.844

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  • Deer on Chocorua

    1932

    Karl Knaths, American, 1891–1971 American

    Description
    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.)

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2002.323

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  • Ivory inlay of an elephant

    about 1700–1550 B.C.

    Description

    From Classic Kerma. Ivory

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Furniture

    Accession Number

    21.11799

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  • Rhyton in the form of a mounted Amazon

    Late 5th century B.C.

    Potter Sotades

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ceramic, Red Figure

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    21.2286

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  • Comb

    Naqada I (Amratian) 3850–3650 B.C.

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Hair Ornaments

    Accession Number

    13.3509

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  • Bowl with hippopotami

    Naqada I, 3850–3650 B.C.

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Pottery (Nile silt ware)

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    11.312

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  • Figurine of a bear

    1550–1070 B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    72.4167

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  • Decorated spheroid jar

    2nd century A.D.

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height: 27.94 cm (11 in.)

    Medium

    Pottery

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    13.4038

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  • Amulet of a crocodile

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2466

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  • Hippopotamus figurine

    1991–1640 B.C.

    Description

    Light blue faience with details in black.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    13.4121

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  • Inlay of a hyena

    1700–1550 B.C.

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Hippopotamus ivory

    Classification

    Furniture

    Accession Number

    13.4221e

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  • Inlay of an ibex

    1700–1550 B.C.

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Ivory

    Classification

    Furniture

    Accession Number

    13.4219f

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  • Landscape near Dieppe

    Constant Troyon, French, 1810–1865 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    84.275

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  • The Babbling Brook

    1851

    Asher Brown Durand, American, 1796–1886

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1234

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    Americas

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  • Cows in a Pasture

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    20.1869

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  • Young Woman Watering Cattle

    Probably 1880s

    Julien Dupré, French, 1851–1910 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    19.17

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  • Herd-boys with water buffaloes under willow trees

    14th century

    Formerly attributed to Zhang Fu

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    14.49

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  • Peasant Girl with Two Cows

    1863

    Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Black conté crayon and pastel on beige laid paper

    Classification

    Pastels

    Accession Number

    17.1516

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  • Cowherd

    mid–1880s

    Artist Hashimoto Gahô, Japanese, 1835–1908 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Panel; ink and light color on paper

    Classification

    Panels

    Accession Number

    11.8725

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  • Boy Tending Cow

    undated

    Anton Mauve, Dutch, 1838–1888

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    33.317

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  • Walking Stag

    Antoine Louis Barye, French, 1795–1875

    Description
    Details

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    03.608

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  • Two Foxes

    about 1923

    George Hawley Hallowell, American, 1871–1926 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    35.1240

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    Americas

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  • Fox in a Trap

    about 1855-65

    Constant Troyon, French, 1810–1865 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    21.8

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  • Landscape with Goats

    about 1660

    Adam Pynacker, Dutch, 1622–1673 Dutch

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    65.615

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  • Description
    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Stencil and watercolor over graphite on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    52.1562

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  • Black Horse

    about 1859

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on paper mounted on paperboard

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.412

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  • Study of a Horse

    19th century

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

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    46.596

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  • Man Leading a Horse

    late 16th century

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts

    Accession Number

    17.1352

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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."

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    90.152

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  • Dappled Draught Horse Being Shod

    about 1823

    Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault, French, 1791–1824

    Description
    Details

    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.)

    Medium

    Graphite pencil, gray and brown wash

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    59.524

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  • Seaweed Gatherer

    Anton Mauve, Dutch, 1838–1888

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    23.492

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  • Small woven picture titled "The Finish"

    19th century

    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.

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Silk weaving

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    54.29

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    Europe , Textiles and Fashion Arts

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  • Racehorses at Longchamp

    1871, possibly reworked in 1874

    Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    03.1034

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    Europe

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  • Horse with Saddle from the series Anthology of Works by Six...

    1906

    Mitsutani Kunishiro, Japanese, 1874–1936 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.1040

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

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on paper

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2755

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  • New Year's Card: Two Rabbits in the Bush (from an...

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2997

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

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2992

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  • New Year's Card: White Rabbit on the Ground (from an...

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2994

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  • Sitting Woman with a White Rabbit on Her Knee (from an...

    Artist Unidentified, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on paper

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.2756

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  • Hares and Autumn Full Moon

    Attributed to Suzuki Harunobu, Japanese, 1725–1770

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.4575

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  • Rabbit

    late 19th century

    Suzuki Shônen, Japanese, 1849–1918

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8242

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  • New Year's Card: Snow Rabbit

    1927

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.8821

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  • New Year's Card: Snow Rabbit

    1927

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Color woodblock print; ink on card stcok

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.8828

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  • Rabbits and Pine

    Kishi Gantai, Japanese, 1782–1865 Japanese

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Image: 143.8 x 82.8 cm (56 5/8 x 32 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.8191

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  • Rabbit amid Ferns and Flowering Plants

    1855

    William J. Webbe, British, active in 1853–1878 British

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    35.6 x 35.6 cm (14 x 14 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1981.441

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  • Rabbit Warren, Dawn

    1867

    Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Pastel and black conté crayon on cream wove paper

    Classification

    Pastels

    Accession Number

    17.1522

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  • Rabbit

    1831–95

    Isaac Sprague, American, 1811–1895 American

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    1977.220

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  • Paper weight in the shape of a rabbit

    19th century

    Takahashi Dôhachi II, Japanese, dates unknown

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Glazed stoneware, ceramic white clay

    Classification

    Ceramics

    Accession Number

    01.8411

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    Asia

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  • Rhinoceros

    1515

    Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471–1528

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Woodcut with letterpress

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    68.247

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • The Rhinoceros

    1515

    Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471–1528

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Woodcut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    97.1165

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Rhinoceros

    after 1620

    Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471–1528

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

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

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    1971.235

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Newborn Lamb

    1866

    Jean-François Millet, French, 1814–1875 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Pastel and black conté crayon on beige wove paper

    Classification

    Pastels

    Accession Number

    17.1513

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Sheep and Shepherd in a Landscape

    about 1854

    Constant Troyon, French, 1810–1865 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    84.276

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    Europe

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  • Feeding Sheep

    undated

    Félix Saturnin Brissot de Warville, French, 1818–1892 French

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Watercolor

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    01.6226

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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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).

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    07.135

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    Americas

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  • Landscape with Shepherd and Sheep

    undated

    Anton Mauve, Dutch, 1838–1888

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    22.589

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    Europe , Prints and Drawings

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  • Todi Ragini

    About 1760

    Description
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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    67.797

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    Asia

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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).

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    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.1027

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    Americas

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  • Zebra

    about 1621

    Attributed to Mansur, Indian, active about 1590–1625 Indian

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

    Classification

    Books and manuscripts

    Accession Number

    14.659

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    Asia

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  • Crocodile

    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.

    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.)

    Medium

    Stone

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    72.721

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    The Ancient World

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  • Vessel (aryballos) in the form of a hedgehog

    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).

    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.)

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Vessels

    Accession Number

    72.1604

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    The Ancient World

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  • Amulet of a hare

    760–332 B.C.

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Length: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2451

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    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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  • Amulet of a uraeus cobra

    760–332 B.C.

    Description

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

    Details

    Dimensions

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

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment , Amulets

    Accession Number

    72.2456

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    Jewelry , The Ancient World

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