Madame Butterfly Ornament

Tamaki Miura (1884-1946) was the first internationally celebrated Japanese soprano. After training in her native Japan and in Europe, Miura was cast in the title role of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in London in 1915. Acclaimed for her performances, Miura toured the United States to reprise her role for American audiences. Gardner was a great fan of the opera and friend to many singers; the fact that she collected a photographic portrait of Miura denotes her admiration for the path-breaking soprano.

Ornaments of other subjects and musicians featured in the Gardner Museum are also available. Complete your collection of Gardner Museum-inspired ornaments with Madam Butterfly!