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.
[ Setsu Gatōdō Co. Ltd. , Tokyo, unil 2011; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Storytelling in Japanese Art," November 19, 2011–May 6, 2012.