K232 Rice Cake Ensō by Tankai Genshō 潭海玄昌

Is it a rice cake, a dumpling or actually a hoop of a tub?
Brushed by Hakujū Dōnin *
柏樹道人書
ぬ希し 桶能輪可
餅可団子可ただしハ
Tankai Genshō (潭海玄昌, 1811-1898)
K232 hanging scroll, sumi on paper 103.3 cm × 31.0 cm.

 

* Tankai’s pen name.

This is a playful ensō—some times an ensō is just a circle. On another ensō Tankai gave the last line as “or a monk’s bald head.”