The Syllables Mi and Shi: Actors Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Sasaki Gennosuke and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Ukiyo Inosuke, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「み 佐々木源之助」五代目沢村長十郎、「し 浮世伊之助」八代目市川団十郎
Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.3 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 21 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Mi: Mi o sutete koso ukamu se
Proverb for Shi: Shiranu ga hotoke
Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe
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