Mandarin Ducks and Water Plantain

水葵に鴛鴦

Japanese
Edo period
about 1830–35 (early Tenpô era)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #5; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #s 77, 256; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 143; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #6.2

Dimensions

Ôtanzaku; 38.4 x 17.3 cm (15 1/8 x 6 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21127

Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy, February 28, 2018 – July 29, 2018

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21127, 21.6660, 21.7904

Inscription

Poem: Oshidori no/ wakare mo mitari/ asa arashi
おし鳥の わかれも見たり 朝嵐

Signed

Hiroshige hitsu
広重筆

Markings

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

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection