The Syllable Ka: Actors Ichikawa Takijûrô II as Aso no Heiji and Mimasu Daigorô V as Heigawara Jirozô, from the series Actors Matched with Proverbs for the Kana Syllabary (Mitate iroha tatoe)

「見立いろはたとゑ 阿漕ノ平次 市川瀧十郎(いちかわたきじゅうろう) 平瓦次郎蔵 三枡大五郎」(二代市川瀧十郎の阿漕の平次・五代三枡大五郎の平瓦次郎蔵)

Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 11th month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899), Publisher Ishikawaya Wasuke (Ishiwa) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 119; the series: Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #238 (illustrates no and ya only)


Vertical chûban; 25.2 x 18.3 cm (9 15/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Seishô Akogi ga Ura
Theater: Kitanoshinchi


Yoshitaki ga



By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection