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two yellow birds on purple mallow
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    1797–1858
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • two yellow birds on purple mallow, 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.4007
Description

Image of two birds perched on a flowering plant. The plant extends from bottom left to top right, getting progressively thinner. It has green leaves, brown stems, and pink and white flowers. The flowers have five pink petals on the inside with many smaller petals inside and a long yellow stamen. The birds are in the center of the image and have yellow bodies with white parts under their beaks and on their backs. The wings are yellow with gray ends. The bird on the left looks down while the other has its beak open and looks left with spread wings.