Susuki Grass

芒野図屏風

c. 1525
Overall: 150.3 x 348.8 cm (59 3/16 x 137 5/16 in.)
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The botanical name for susuki grass is miscanthus.

Description

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.
Susuki Grass

Susuki Grass

c. 1525

Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573)

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