The Syllables Mi and Shi: Actors Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Sasaki Gennosuke and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Ukiyo Inosuke, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)

「教訓いろはたとゑ」「み 佐々木源之助」五代目沢村長十郎、「し 浮世伊之助」八代目市川団十郎

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 x 25.3 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42609

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 21 in the series.

The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.

Inscription

Proverb for Mi: Mi o sutete koso ukamu se
Proverb for Shi: Shiranu ga hotoke

「身を捨てこそ浮む瀬」「しらぬがほとけ」

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