The Syllables Tsu and Ne: Actors Fujikawa Kayû III as Kariya-hime and Arashi Kichisaburô III as Onigatake, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「つ 苅屋姫」三代目藤川花友、「ね 鬼ヶ嶽」三代目嵐吉三郎
Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 24.7 cm (14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 10 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Tsu: Tsue no shita e mawaru ko
Proverb for Ne: Nen ni wa nen o tsukae
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