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White Heron and Irises
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • White Heron and Irises, mid 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 377 x 166 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 13/16 x 6 1/2 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 379 x 166 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 7/8 x 6 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7414
Label Text

Long rectangular image of a white heron perched in reeds. The bird is above center with a long thin beak and thin black legs. Its right wing is raised in the air. There are flowering reeds from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. The flowers are beige and brown. There is black calligraphy in the top left corner (inscription) and at lower left (artist inscription). The background is light blue at the top and white below. Karazuri (blind printing) on body of heron.