The Syllables To and Chi: Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Shikama Takubei and Onoe Kikujirô II as Umeô's Wife (Nyôbô) Haru, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「と 飾間宅兵衛」八代目市川団十郎、「ち 梅王女房はる」二代目尾上菊次郎
Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.6 cm (14 9/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 04 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for To: Tô ni ochizu kataru ni ochiru
Proverb for Chi: Chikashiki naka ni mo reigi ari
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
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