The Syllables Wi and No: Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Servant (Heyazukai) Ohatsu and Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Adachi Motoemon, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「ゐ 部屋仕お初」三代目岩井粂三郎、「の 安達元右エ門」四代目大谷友右衛門
Vertical ôban; 37 x 25 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 13 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Wi: Issun saki wa yami
Proverb for No: Nodomoto sugureba atsusa wasururu
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