Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
8 x 7 5/16 in. (20.3 x 18.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1919
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.