Fujiwara Moronaga was a statesman who was also renowned for his musical skills. During the turbulent times of the twelfth century he was banished from the capital on two occasions, once to Tosa and once to Owari. Fortunately, his poetic sensibilities enabled him to enjoy viewing the moon from such rustic spots. Here, he is shown on a moonlight night during his exile, playing the biwa and startling a passer-by with his wonderful melodies.
Exhibited: Songs Without Words: Music and Dance in Art, Nassau County Museum of Art, Nov. 20, 2021 - Mar. 6, 2022.