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Swallow on Crab-apple Branch
  • Utagawa Hiroshige
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Swallow on Crab-apple Branch, 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 376 x 153 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 3/4 x 6 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 386 x 153 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 3/16 x 6 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7419
Label Text
Catalogue raisonné

Long thin rectangular image of a bird (bullfinch) on a flowering aronia branch. The bird is in the bottom left quadrant. It is gray with black, yellow, and orange accents. In is in profile, the body facing left. The branch is black with green leaves. There are white and orange blossoms. There is black text at upper left (two line calligraphy) and lower right (artist inscription). The background is blue at the bottom and brown along the very top. It is beige in the center.
Poem translates:
Why one forgets to return home as he rests under the tree is the beauty of the surroundings.
What invites drunkeness in front of the sake barrel is the spring breeze.