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Small Bird on Mallow
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    1797–1858
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Small Bird on Mallow, 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 189 x 122 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 7/16 x 4 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 189 x 127 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 7 7/16 x 5 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 11 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7401
Description

Bird (Varied tit) perched on a flowering peony plant. A bird is in the center of the image perched on a thin branch. It is hanging sideways, to the left, looking up. It has gray wings tipped in black and a red chest. It has a black head with a gray cheek. The plant grows from bottom center to top center and out to the lower right side. It has blossoms with five pink petals on the outside and many red petals inside. It has green and brown leaves. There is calligraphy (artist inscription) above a red oval stamp at center left. The background is a light yellow.