The Syllables Wa and Ka: Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as Igami no Gonta and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ôboshi Rikiya, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「わ いがみの権太」五代目市川海老蔵、「か 大星力弥」三代目岩井粂三郎
Vertical ôban; 37.4 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. 07 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Wa: Wazawai mo sannen okeba yaku ni tatsu
Proverb for Ka: Kairu no ko wa kairu ni naru
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