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Bird and Mallow
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Bird and Mallow, 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 321 x 112 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 5/8 x 4 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 321 x 112 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 12 5/8 x 4 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7416
Catalogue raisonné

Long rectangular image of a bird (blue and white flycatcher) and a flowering hibiscus plant. The bird is in the center of the top third of the image. It has a blue back and black wings. It has a head that is blue on top with black cheeks. The chest is black and white. The flowers are at lower left and upper right. The flower at lower left is larger with pink, white, and red striped petals. A long thin stamen is coming out of the center. The flower at upper right is closed with pink petals trimmed in red on the outside. The leaves are dark green, light green, and yellow. The background is green at the bottom, beige in the middle, and brown at the top. There is black calligraphy in the top left quadrant, at center left and at lower right (artist inscription).