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White Heron and Iris

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MFA impressions: 06.1159, 21.6826, 21.7908, 21.7909, 47.130 The poem reads: White herons fly low across the fields, like a thousand flakes of snow; Yellow birds perch on the tree, like flowers clustered on a branch.


Chinese poem 白鷺下田千點雪 黄鴬上樹一枝花


Hiroshige hitsu 広重筆


Between 1906 and 1909, acquired by Mr. and Mrs. John Osgood (Elizabeth Cameron) Blanchard in Japan; April 1916, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding at Blanchard sale, American Art Galleries, New York; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #197; Ôta kinen bijutsukan, Hiroshige kachôga ten (1997), #s 7-8; RISD, Yomigaeru bi (1990), #79; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, ôtanzaku #7.4


Ôtanzaku; 37.5 x 17.3 cm (14 3/4 x 6 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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