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Sparrows and Camellia in Snow

A color woodblock print of a single branch of camellia flowers and two sparrows set against a white and blue background with snow falling
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  • A color woodblock print of a single branch of camellia flowers and two sparrows set against a white and blue background with snow falling

Date:

c. 1831/33

Artist:

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重
Japanese, 1797–1858

About this artwork

Of the two versions of this design in the Art Institute’s collection, this image is accepted as the earlier printing of this famous design. The poetry appearing on both impressions has been identified by the scholar Suzuki Juzo as the first two lines of an unsigned Chinese poem entitled “Inquiry of a Stork” by Hakurakuten (772–846). It reads:

Crows and storks fight over something to eat
and sparrows over where to sleep,
You stand there all alone by the pond,
the wind blows and snow piles up.

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Artist

Utagawa Hiroshige

Title

Sparrows and Camellia in Snow

Origin

Japan

Date

1826–1838

Medium

Color woodblock print; o-tanzaku

Dimensions

38 × 17.3 cm

Credit Line

Gift of H. R. Warner

Reference Number

1932.208

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