A Long Tale for an Autumn Night (Aki no yo nagamonogatari)
Unidentified Artist Japanese
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Handscroll 3 from a set of 3; ink, color, and gold on paper
Image: 12 3/16 in. × 41 ft. 6 in. (31 × 1264.9 cm)
Overall with mounting: 12 5/16 in. × 43 ft. 5 5/8 in. (31.3 × 1324.9 cm)
Purchase, Funds from various donors, by exchange, Fletcher Fund and Dodge Fund, 2002
Not on view
This set of illustrated handscrolls (emaki), with the narrative progressing from right to left, tells of an amorous affair between a Buddhist monk and a younger male acolyte (chigo), a genre of story popular in medieval Japan. Here, after the tragic suicide of the chigo, the monk renounces carnal pleasure and attains salvation. In 2011 the Museum acquired the missing final section of this scroll, which had earlier been remounted as a hanging scroll.
Imperial Household ; Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. , Tokyo,until 2002; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Storytelling in Japanese Art," November 19, 2011–May 6, 2012.