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

月に秋草図屏風
Autumn Grasses in Moonlight

Artist:
Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
second half of the 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Two-panel folding screen; ink, lacquer, silver, and silver leaf on paper
Dimensions:
Image (each panel): 18 in. × 33 1/4 in. (45.7 × 84.5 cm)
Each panel, with frame: 26 1/8 × 34 3/8 in. (66.4 × 87.3 cm)
Overall with frame (both panels): 26 1/8 in. × 69 in. (66.4 × 175.3 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:
1975.268.137
Not on view
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
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Signature: Zeshin; seal: Tairyūkyo

Inscription: 明治七甲戌年十一月大吉日
癸十八番
是真筆風呂先月秋草之图

(inscription on wood panel [of packing box]?)
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
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