The Syllables Mo and Se: Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ashikaga Mitsuuji and Bandô Shûka I as Bijin Omatsu, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「も 足利光氏」三代目岩井粂三郎、「せ 美人お松」初代坂東しうか
Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.1 cm (14 13/16 x 9 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 23 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Mo: Motsu ta ga yamai
Proverb for Se: Se ni hara wa kaerarenu
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