The Syllables Te and A: Actors Onoe Kikujirô II as Terute-hime and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Endô Musha Moritô, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「て 照手姫」二代目尾上菊次郎、「あ 遠藤武者盛遠」八代目市川団十郎
Vertical ôban; 36.9 x 25.5 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 18 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Te: Teijo ryôfu ni mamiezu
Proverb for A: Aku ni tsuyoki wa zen ni motsu yoshi
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata
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