Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Ichimura Theater: Kutsuwa no Oto Tazuna no Somewake, Hototgisu Natsu mo Oboru yo (Jôruri), Ayatsuri Ayame Ningyô (Jôruri), Sarashi Nuno Tsuyu no Tamagawa (Jôruri)

市村座辻番付 「轡音☆染分(くつわのおとたづなのそめわけ)」、「浄瑠璃 時鳥夏朧夜(ほととぎすなつもおぼろよ)」、「浄瑠璃 操菖蒲人形(あやつりあやめにんぎょう)、瀑布露玉川(さらしぬのつゆのたまがわ)」

Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 5th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Fukuchi Mohei (Japanese), Publisher Yamamotoya Jûgorô (Japanese)


34.3 x 48 cm (13 1/2 x 18 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tsuji banzuke for the kabuki drama “Kutsuwa no oto tazuna no somewake” that was staged at the Ichimura Theater (Edo) from the 1st day of the 5th lunar month of Bunkyû 1 (1861). The day’s program also included three Jôruri plays titled “Hototgisu natsu mo oboroyo”, “Ayatsuri ayame ningyô”, and “Sarashi nuno tsuyu no tamagawa”. 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection