The Syllables Re and So: Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Takahashi Yorizaemon and Iwai Kumsasaburô III as Manchô's Daughter (Musume) Okoma, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)

「教訓いろはたとゑ」「れ 高橋頼左エ門」四代目坂東彦三郎、「そ 万長娘おこま」 三代目岩井粂三郎

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 25.6 cm (14 9/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42597

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 09 in the series.

The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.

Inscription

Proverb for Re: Ryôyaku wa kuchi ni nigashi
Proverb for So: Sodefuriau mo tashô no en

「良薬は口ににがし」「袖ふりあふも他生のえん」

Signed

Toyokuni ga

豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、馬込
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