The Syllables Ru and Wo: Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Kaminari Shôkurô and Seki Sanjûrô III as Sawai Matagorô, from the series An Instructive Alphabet of Proverbs (Kyôkun iroha tatoe)
「教訓いろはたとゑ」「る 雷庄九郎」八代目市川団十郎、「を 沢井俣五郎」三代目関三十郎
Vertical ôban; 37.1 x 25 cm (14 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No. 06 in the series.
The complete series: 11.42589-11.42612.
Proverb for Ru: Rui wa tomo o yobu
Proverb for Wo: On o ada
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