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Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper
Overall: 150.3 x 348.8 cm (59 3/16 x 137 5/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1984.43
The botanical name for susuki grass is miscanthus.
Susuki grass has a seasonal association with autumn in the Japanese visual and literary tradition. It is one of the “Seven Flowers of Autumn,” along with bush clover, arrowroot, pink, patrinia, mistflower, and bellflower. This composition immerses the beholder in a field of grasses and golden bands of mist. The design may have served as a backdrop for poems brushed in calligraphy on decorated papers and attached to the surface of the screens.
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