The Syllables Ke and Fu: Actors Ichikawa Komazô VII Toneri Matsuômaru and Arashi Rikan III as Ono Michikaze, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)

「教訓いろはたとゑ」「け 舎人松王丸」七代目市川高麗蔵、「ふ 小野道風」三代目嵐璃寛

Japanese
Edo period
about 1851 (Kaei 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.4 cm (14 13/16 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.42604

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 16 in the series.

The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.

Inscription

Proverb for Ke: Kyôdai tanin no hajimari
Proverb for Fu: Fumi o yaru ni wa kaku te wa motanu

「兄弟他人のはじまり」「文をやるには書手はもたぬ」

Signed

Toyokuni ga

豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺
彫師:なし

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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