The Syllables Re and So: Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Takahashi Yorizaemon and Iwai Kumsasaburô III as Manchô's Daughter (Musume) Okoma, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「れ 高橋頼左エ門」四代目坂東彦三郎、「そ 万長娘おこま」 三代目岩井粂三郎
Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.6 cm (14 9/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 09 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Re: Ryôyaku wa kuchi ni nigashi
Proverb for So: Sodefuriau mo tashô no en
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
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