Moon and Autumn Grasses, Studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died ca. 1640), Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, silver, and gold flecks on paper, Japan

俵屋宗達工房 月に秋草図屏風
Moon and Autumn Grasses

Artist:
Studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died ca. 1640)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
mid- to late 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, silver, and gold flecks on paper
Dimensions:
Overall (each screen): 59 7/16 in. x 11 ft. 10 3/8 in. (151 x 361.6 cm)
Classification:
Screens
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:
1975.268.60, .61
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 225
A large half-moon, once silver but now darkly oxidized, shines over a field of delicate autumn grasses. Tiny grains of gold are scattered throughout, and are especially dense around the moon. Since the Heian period (794–1185), the moon over an autumn field has been a favorite subject in Japan, with its stirring evocation of serenity, clarity, and nostalgia. Rinpa artists and members of the more traditional schools, such as Kano and Tosa, favored this subject during the first half of the seventeenth century. Here, the moon floating over the field creates a simple pattern.

The signature in the lower right corner reads “Sōtatsu Hokkyō” (Sōtatsu holding the title of Bridge of the Law), and the seal reads “Taiseiken.”
Signature: Hokkyō Sōtatsu; seal: Hokkyō Sōtatsu
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.