Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Nakamura Theater: Ranjatai Nitta Keizu, Tomigaoka Koi no Yamagane

中村座辻番付 「蘭奢待新田系図(らんじゃたいにったけいず)」、「富賀岡恋の山鐘(とみがおかこいのやまがね)」

Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


46.7 x 35.6 cm (18 3/8 x 14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.28081, 11.28263

Tsuji banzuke for the kabuki drama “Ranjatai Nitta keizu” that was performed at the Nakamura Theater (Edo). The day’s program also included the drama “Tomigaoka koi no yamagane” which is recorded to have been performed from around the 1st day of the 11th lunar month of 1854. The banzuke was probably produced between the 11th lunar month of 1854 and the 10th lunar month of 1856. 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