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Bird on Plum Branch
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    1797–1858
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Bird on Plum Branch, 1850s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 338 x 108 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 1/4 x 4 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 338 x 108 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 1/4 x 4 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7415
Description

Long rectangular image of a bird (Java sparrow) on a flowering plum branch. The bird is in the center of the composition and looks left in profile. The branch extends from upper left to the center near the bottom. It has small pink blossoms and a black stem. The bird has a gray body and black tipped wings. The head is black with a peach-colored beak and white cheeks. The background is green on the bottom and off-white above.