Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Nakamura Theater: Hanamidô Yamato Bunko, Amakudaru Tennyo no Yomeiri (Jôruri), Sakuradai Naruto no Ikeuo, Kuruwa Bunshô

中村座辻番付 「花☆堂大和文庫(はなみどうやまとぶんこ)」、「浄瑠璃 降天女嫁入(あまくだるてんにょのよめいり)」、「桜鯛鳴門鮮(さくらだいなるとのいけうお)」、「廓文章(くるわぶんしょう)」

Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 3rd month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


34.5 x 48 cm (13 9/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.28063, 11.28272

Tsuji banzuke advertising the headlining kabuki dance drama “Hanamidô yamato bunko” that was staged at the Nakamura Theater (Edo) from the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of Kaei 7 (1854). The day’s program also included: the Tomimoto-style Jôruri piece “Amakudaru tennyo no yomeiri”; the drama “Sakuradai naruto no ikeuo”; and the Tokiwazu-style Gidayû “Kuruwa bunshô”. The banzuke was 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