Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Nakamura Theater: Kinryûzan Chikai no Ishizue, Iro Shinobu Yatsushi Akiudo (Jôruri)

中村座辻番付 「金竜山誓礎(きんりゅうざんちかいのいしずえ)」、「浄瑠璃 色忍良女售(いろしのぶやつしあきうど)」

Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13), 10th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


29.1 x 38.8 cm (11 7/16 x 15 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.27921, 11.27931

Tsuji banzuke produced to publicise the headlining kabuki dance drama “Kinryûzan chikai no ishizue” that was staged at the Nakamura Theater (Edo) from around the 5th day of the 10th lunar month of Tenpô 13 (1842). The banzuke dates from the 28th day of this month. The playbill also mentions the Jôruri piece, “Iro shinobu yatsushi akiudo”, which would have been performed in the Kiyomoto and Tokiwazu musical styles. 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