Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Kawarazaki Theater: Hiragana Seisuiki, Sono Samisen Homare no Takane
29.4 x 37.9 cm (11 9/16 x 14 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Tsuji banzuke advertising the headlining kabuki drama “Hiragana seisuiki” that was staged at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) from the 24th day of the 4th lunar month of Tenpô 13 (1842). The playbill also mentions the drama “Sono samisen homare no takane”. Published by Ogawa Hansuke.
天保13(1842) ・04月 ・24日より
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