Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (Japanese, 1797-1858, b. in Edo)
Preparatory drawings: Titmouse on plum branch; Mandarin ducks under snow-laden bamboo
Place Made: Japan; Place Made: Tokyo
Image: 38.9 x 17.5 cm (15 5/16 x 6 7/8 inches) Mat size: D
Signature / Inscription / Marks
[text and poems]
Urawakaki (translates to) Little titmouse
ume o kuguri te*(translates to) twisting on the plum branch
shijûkara (translates to) glowing with youth
haru o sakasa ni (translates to) wants to be upside down
kosu kokochi semu* (translates to) when the New Year arrives
Oku shimo no (translates to) A layer of frost
ue ni mo yuki o (translates to) and a cover of snow
kasanekite (translates to) slowly deepening
kireba kisamu* to (translates to) We will melt away
oshidori no naku (translates to) cry the mandarin ducks
Signature: Hiroshige hitsu
Seals: Artist's seal | Utagawa | Hiro (diamond seal)
Credit / Object Number
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
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