Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Nakamura Theater: Ranjatai Nitta Keizu, Tomigaoka Koi no Yamagane
46.7 x 35.6 cm (18 3/8 x 14 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
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)
 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