The Syllables Ri: Arashi Hinasuke VII as Yurugi Saemon (R); Nu: Jitsukawa Gakujûrô II as Washizaka Sanai (C); Ru: Ogino Senjo as Shigenoi (L); from the series Actors Matched with Proverbs for the Kana Syllabary (Mitate iroha tatoe)

「見立いろはたとへ り 由留木左衛門 嵐雛助」(七代目)  「見立いろはたとへ ぬ 鷺坂左内 実川額十郎」(二代目)  「見立いろはたとへ る 重乃井 荻野扇女」

Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 2nd month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 119; the series: Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #238 (illustrates no and ya only)


Vertical chûban triptych; 24.4 x 53.6 cm (9 5/8 x 21 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings




Yoshitaki ga (on each sheet)


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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection