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One of a pair of six-fold screens; ink, color, and gold and silver foil on gilded paper
Image: 170.2 x 346.7 cm (67 x 136 1/2 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2000.4.2
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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