Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Nakamura Theater: Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, Yô ga Mashi ya Suzuna no Tanemaki (Jôruri)

中村座辻番付 「菅原伝授手習鑑(すがわらでんじゅてならいかがみ)」、「浄瑠璃 拙優菘種蒔(ようがましやすずなのたねまき)」

Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 7th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


46.8 x 34.6 cm (18 7/16 x 13 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tsuji banzuke for the kabuki dance drama “Sugawara denju tenarai kagami” that was staged at the Nakamura Theater (Edo) from the 10th day of the 7th lunar month of Kaei 3 (1850). The day’s program also included a Jôruri piece titled “Yô ga mashi ya suzuna no tanemaki” that was performed with Kiyomoto and Naga-uta 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