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Parrot on Magnolia Branch
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    1797–1858
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Parrot on Magnolia Branch, 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 378 x 130 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 7/8 x 5 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 7/8 x 5 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 7/8 x 5 1/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7399
Description
Exhibitions

Long horizontal image of a parrot (Java sparrow) on a magnolia branch. The bird is above the center of the image perched on a branch. It is leaning to the bottom right corner and looking up. It is green with black tips on the end of the wings and white spots on the face. The branch grows from the top right corner to lower left. It has large blue and white leaves. The background is blue at the top and white on the rest. There is calligraphy (haiku) and red stamps along the lower right side.
Poem translates:
Extraordinary!
After the cherry blossoms,
the magnolias bloom.