Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for a Kotobuki Program at the Ichimura Theater
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868)
36.6 x 49.6 cm (14 7/16 x 19 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Tsuji banzuke advertising a kabuki “Kotobuki” program that was staged at the Ichimura Theater (Edo) from the 11th day of the 1st lunar month of Kaei 4 (1851).
Torii Kiyomitsu hitsu
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 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