Artist: Ohara Koson (小原古邨) / Shōson (祥邨)

Print: Japanese waxwing [Bombycilla japonica -
hirenjaku in Japanese] on branch

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Dates: circa 1900 - 1907,created
Dimensions: 7.25 in,14.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Koson (古邨)
Seal: Koson
Publisher: Kokkeidō

Related links: National Museum of Asian Art;

Physical description:

"This lovely bird and its close relatives, the cedar waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum, and the Japanese waxwing, Bombycilla japonica, are collectively known as "waxwings" because of the bright red waxy tips on the feathers of birds (yes, contrary to what I've learned and seen, immature birds can have waxy tips, too). The function of these red feather tips are not known."

Quoted from: "Mystery bird: Bohemian waxwing, Bombycilla garrulus" in The Guardian in 2010.


This bird was given it's Latin name by Philip Frans van Siebold in 1824.


There is a small color reproduction of this print in Crows, Cranes & Camellias. The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945 by Amy Reigle Newland, p. 184, #K32.1.