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Long-tailed Bird on Flowering Plum Branch

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MFA impressions: 11.21122, 21.7918, 21.7919


Line from Chinese poem: Ichiju dokusen tenka (no) haru 一樹独先天下春


Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, early 1830s

Catalogue Raisonné

Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #4; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #80; Bogel, Marks, and Goldman, Hiroshige Birds and Flowers (1988), #16; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #6.7; Ukiyo-e taikei 11 (1974), #10


Ôtanzaku; 38.3 x 17.2 cm (15 1/16 x 6 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper