Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Kawarazaki Theater: Yo ni Utô Azuma Dairi, Yae Kikyô Uchigusa no Hanaginu
29.3 x 39.3 cm (11 9/16 x 15 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.27925, 11.27926
Tsuji banzuke published to promote the kabuki drama “Yoniutou azuma dairi” at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) from the 22nd day of the 6th lunar month of Tenpô 13 (1842). The playbill also advertises the dance drama, “Yae kikyô uchigusa no hana ginu”, which was a gohenka or ‘rapid costume change’ piece performed to Naga-uta and Tokiwazu-style musical accompaniment. Published by Ogawa Hansuke.
所作事題： 「世善知鳥東内裡」 よにうとうあづまだいり
所作事題： 「彩桔梗花帷」 やえききょうちぐさのはなぎぬ
天保13(1842) ・06月 ・22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