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Autumn Grasses in Moonlight

Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)
Meiji period (1868–1912)
second half of the 19th century
Two-panel folding screen; ink, lacquer, silver, and silver leaf on paper
Image (each panel): 18 in. × 33 1/4 in. (45.7 × 84.5 cm) Each panel, with frame: 26 1/8 × 34 3/8 in. (66.4 × 87.3 cm) Overall with frame (both panels): 26 1/8 in. × 69 in. (66.4 × 175.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
In Japan, gazing at the moon and listening to the sounds of insects have long been tranquil ways to spend an autumn evening. Seen from a low vantage point, the full moon illuminates the unseen world in a tangle of autumn grasses, where various types of crickets are highlighted with shiny lacquer pigment. The silver background further enriches the dreamlike atmosphere. This small screen is of a type used at tea gatherings.
Signature: Zeshin; seal: Tairyūkyo

Inscription: 明治七甲戌年十一月大吉日

(inscription on wood panel [of packing box]?)
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