In this surimono print, the monkey is bartering a persimmon seed for the crab’s triangular rice ball. The image refers to a wellknown folktale in which a monkey takes advantage of a crab, claiming the seed would grow into a tree that would yield fruit. The persimmons eventually ripen, and the monkey offers to pick them for the crab, only to eat them himself. When the crab protests, the monkey throws an unripe fruit and fatally injures her. The crab gives birth just before she dies, and her offspring eventually avenge their mother’s death.
"Acquisitions of the Art Museum 1983," Record of the Art Museum,Princeton University 43, no. 1 (1984): p. 18-42.