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The melancholy of an autumnal pastoral scene, with its ordinary elements such as grasses, chrysanthemums, and somber moon, becomes an epic ode to transience in these golden panels. Among the green blades of grass are others in gold, which can only be seen from certain angles. The tarnished silver disk of a full moon provides a dramatic contrast to the detailed flowers and lithe, elegant grasses.
Immortalized in the 10th-century Tales of Ise, the wild Musashi Plain evoked desolation tinged with the bitter-sweetness of passionate, but doomed, lovers.
Purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2000.