Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Nakamura Theater: Ehon Gappô ga Tsuji, Hana Ayame Yomiya no Irozukiyo (Jôruri)

中村座辻番付 「絵本合法衢(えほんがっぽうがつじ)」、「浄瑠璃 花菖蒲祭色月夜(はなあやめよみやのいろづきよ)」

Edo period
1843 (Tenpô 14), 6th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


29.4 x 37.6 cm (11 9/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.27941, 11.28337

Tsuji banzuke advertising the kabuki drama “Ehon Gappô ga tsuji” that was staged at the Nakamura Theater (Edo) from around the 12th day of the 6th lunar month of Tenpô 14 (1843). The program also featured a narrated Jôruri piece titled “Hana ayame yomiya no irozukiyo”, which was performed with Kiyomoto and Ozatsuma-style musical accompaniment. (Published by Murayama Genbei.)




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