Java Sparrow and Camellia
signed Hiroshige hitsu with red artist's seal Ichiryusai, published by Kawaguchiya Shozo (Shoeido, Eisendo), ca. 1830s
chutanzaku tate-e 15 by 5 1/8 in., 38 by 13 cm
The Java sparrow is a variety of finch which was introduced as a caged bird in Ming Dynasty China and then in Japan by the 17th century. Also known as the Java Finch, Java Rice Sparrow, or Java Rice Bird, they feed mainly on grain- especially rice. Although considered an agricultural pest bird in some regions, they are a gregarious species and have been popular as pets for centuries.
Cynthea J. Bogel, Israel Goldman, Alfred H. Marks (poetry translation), Hiroshige: Birds and Flowers, 1988, no. 62
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Camellia and Finch, formerly of the William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection, accession number 21.7958
Chazen Museum of Art, Java Sparrow and Camellia, Bequest of John H. Van Vleck, 1980.1877
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