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Crabs Near the Water's Edge

Artist:
Yashima Gakutei (Japanese, 1786?–1868)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1830
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
8 x 7 5/16 in. (20.3 x 18.6 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
JP1138
Not on view
As the poem at the left is by the leader of the Katsushika poetry group, Bunbunsha Kanikomaru (Little Crab), it is not surprising that the subject of this surimono is the tiny benkei crab, drawn, as customary, to appear somewhat comical. The second poem, on the right, is by the important actor and figure in Edo, Ichikawa Danjuro VII, signed Sansho the seventh, his pen name.
Signature: Gakutei
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