The Syllables O and Ku: Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Soga Gorô Tokimune and Nakayama Ichizô I (?) as Ariwaraya Narihira, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「お 曽我五郎時致」八代目市川団十郎、「く 在原屋業平」初代中山市蔵ヵ
Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.1 cm (14 9/16 x 9 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 14 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for O: Omou nenriki iwa o tôsu
Proverb for Ku: Kusai mono mi shirazu
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
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