Nov 29, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 29, 2012

Susuki Grass

Susuki Grass


c. 1525

Part of a set. See all set records

One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper

Image: 150.4 x 349.2 cm (59 3/16 x 137 1/2 in.); Overall: 163.6 x 362.4 cm (64 7/16 x 142 11/16 in.); with frame: 166.8 x 365.6 cm (65 11/16 x 143 15/16 in.); Panorama: 163.6 x 60.4 cm (64 7/16 x 23 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1984.43.2



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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