23 October 1992,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 3,850
USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
YASHIMA GAKUTEI: kakuban (21.5 x 18.6 cm.); Benkei crab and flowering plum blossom, accompanied by a poem signed Bunbunsha, signed Gakutei and sealed Yashima -- very good impression, color and condition
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Bunbunsha Kanikomaru (little crab) was the leader of the Katsushika group. The crab was his personal symbol and it is thought that he personally commissioned artists directly to produce surimono bearing this image.
For another impression in the Chester Beatty library see Keyes (1985) no. 85, p. 115.
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