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Peacock and Peonies
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Peacock and Peonies, 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 382 x 176 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 15 1/16 x 6 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 382 x 181 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 1/16 x 7 1/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7394
Label Text

Long rectangular image of a male peacock with peonies. Peacock in the bottom half of the image with blue and black feathers and an orange beak. It has long feathers with circles on the ends of them in its tail. The circles are red with another blue circle inside. There are flowering peonies around the bird’s body and a red rock in the bottom right corner. There is calligraphy in the top left quadrant (poem by Yūsai) and at lower left (artist inscription). The background is off-white. Karazuri (blind printing) on peonies.