Autumn Evening with Full Moon on Musashino Plain

Autumn Evening with Full Moon on Musashino Plain

early 1600s

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Pair of six-fold screens; ink, color, and gold and silver foil on gilded paper

Overall: 170.2 x 346.7 cm (67 x 136 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2000.4

Fun Fact

The Musashino Plain is home to much of western Tokyo today.

Description

Tall grasses and autumn flowers reach out of thick green undergrowth in this depiction of the plain of Musashi, a site famous from classical Japanese poetry. A silver disc, now tarnished, represents the full moon. Flecks of cut-gold foil in the sky evoke the day’s passage into night. Once a wilderness with a vast horizon, Musashi is now densely populated.

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