Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Ichimura Theater: Fude Hajime Soga no Fukubiki, Maute Orisoe Iro no Tanemaki (Jôruri), Dôjôji Mata mo Kaneiri

市村座辻番付 「筆魁曽我福贔屓(ふではじめそがのふくびき)」、「浄瑠璃 舞奏いろの種蒔(まうておりそえいろのたねまき)」、「所作事 道成寺二人鐘入(どうじょうじまたもかねいり)」

Edo period
1841 (Tenpô 12), intercalary 1st month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Fukuchi Mohei (Japanese), Publisher Yamamotoya Jûgorô (Japanese)


29.7 x 39.3 cm (11 11/16 x 15 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tsuji banzuke produced to advertise the kabuki dance drama “Fude hajime Soga no fukubiki” that was staged at the Ichimura Theater (Edo) from the 5th day of the 1st intercalary month of Tenpô 12 (1841). The playbill also lists: “Maute orisoe iro no tanemaki”, a Jôruri piece with a chanted Tokiwazu-style musical accompaniment; and the Naga-uta, Tokiwazu-style dance drama “Dôjôji mata mo kaneiri”. The banzuke was jointly published by Fukuchi Mohei and Yamamoto Jûgorô.




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