Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Kawarazaki Theater: Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami, Hatsugasumi Onna Saruhiki, Yosete Mimasu Hana no Nishiki-e (Jôruri)
34.6 x 48 cm (13 5/8 x 18 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.28068, 11.28268
Tsuji banzuke promoting the headlining kabuki drama “Miyakodori nagare no shiranami” that was staged at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) from the 1st day of the 3rd lunar month of Kaei 7 (1854). The day’s program also included: the drama “Hatsugasumi onna saruhiki”; and the Jôruri piece “Yosete mimasu hana no nishiki-e” that was performed with Tokiwazu, Takemoto and Naga-uta style musical accompaniment. Published by Ogawa Hansuke.
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