The Final Scene from A Long Tale for an Autumn Night (Aki no yonaga monogatari)
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Fragment of a handscroll mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 12 3/16 x 18 3/16 in. (31 x 46.2 cm)
Overall with mounting: 46 9/16 x 22 5/8 in. (118.3 x 57.5 cm)
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Fund, 2011
Not on view
This scene presents the conclusion of the amorous tale of a Buddhist monk and his young acolyte, in which the latter commits suicide. A procession for raigo-e, a ritual ceremony celebrating Amida Buddha and his retinue of bodhisattvas, descends and crosses a bridge to welcome the souls of the departed and guide them to paradise with music and song.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Storytelling in Japanese Art," November 19, 2011–May 6, 2012.