The Syllables Ho and He: Actors Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Ume no Yoshibei and Bandô Shûka I as Shôji's Daughter (Musume) Omitsu, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「ほ 梅の由兵衛」五代目沢村長十郎、「へ 庄司娘おみつ」初代坂東しうか
Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.5 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 03 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Ho: Hotoke no kao mo sando
Proverb for He: Hebi no nama koroshi
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection