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Jutai chō (Exotic Magpie)
  • Kitao Masayoshi
    1764–1824
    born: Suruga province (present-day Shizuoka prefecture), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Jutai chō (Exotic Magpie), 1789, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Raikin zui (Pictures of Foreign Birds)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 226 x 364 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 7/8 x 14 5/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 229 x 369 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 x 14 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1684
Description

Two exotic magpies in a pine tree. Rare bird found in China. Pair with male in front, female behind, birds are in left quarter of composition, center, framed by pine branches. Main trunk of tree goes from bottom left corner to top center, minor branches stretch across the bottom half of the composition. Needles at top left and bottom right. Prussian blue used in feathers, possibly indicates later state.