Autumn Grasses in Moonlight

Shibata Zeshin Japanese

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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.

#8910. Autumn Grasses in Moonlight

Autumn Grasses in Moonlight, Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891), Two-panel folding screen; ink, lacquer, silver, and silver leaf on paper, Japan

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