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Geese flying past the full moon

Accession Number: 1957.363

Display Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige

Display Title: Geese flying past the full moon

Series Title: Birds and Flowers

Creation Date: 1832-1835

Medium: Woodblock

Height: 14 3/4 in.

Width: 5 3/16 in.

Display Dimensions: 14 3/4 in. x 5 3/16 in. (37.47 cm x 13.18 cm)

Publisher: Kawaguchiya Shozo

Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett

Label Copy: "Surrounded by a spacious sky, the geese in this scene fly in formation. The last goose bends its neck to the right, suggesting that something there has caught its attention. The nostalgic poem on the print reads: Will it come againanother night like this one? Wild geese and the moon.Wild geese (kari) in flight across the face of the moon were among the most popular motifs during the 1830s when demand for natural history prints reached a peak. The season depicted here is the eighth month, the time when migrating geese return; the regularity of their migration made geese a suitable symbol of enduring reliability. "

Label Copy (Spanish): "Rodeados por el cielo extenso, los gansos en esta escena vuelan en formacin. El ltimo ganso dobla el cuello a la derecha, sugiriendo que algo le ha llamado la atencin. El poema nostlgico en la impresin lee: Volver una noche como esta? Gansos salvajes y la luna. Los gansos salvajes (kari) volando frente a la faz de la luna era un motivo muy popular durante los 1830 cuando la demanda por los grabados de la historia natural alcanz su apogeo. La estacin representada aqu es el octavo mes, cuando regresan los gansos emigrantes; por la regularidad de su migracin los gansos eran un smbolo de la fiabilidad eterna."

Collection: The San Diego Museum of Art

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Taken on May 13, 2007