Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Okuni no Matsu Soga Nakamura at the Nakamura Theater

中村座辻番付 「御国松曽我中村(おくにのまつそがなかむら)」

Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


34.5 x 46.7 cm (13 9/16 x 18 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 00.1619, 11.28135

Tsuji banzuke advertising the kabuki drama “Okuni no matsu soga nakamura”, which was staged at the Nakamura Theater (Edo) from the 11th day of the 1st lunar month of Man’en 2 (1861). This style of banzuke was traditionally produced to advertise the annual “face showing” or “kaomise” ceremony that was held in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year. The banzuke was published by Murayama Genbei.




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)

[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