Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for Plays at the Nakamura Theater: Tenjiku Tokubei Banri no Irifune, Yae Kokonoe Hana no Sugata-e

中村座辻番付 「天竺徳兵衛万里船(てんじくとくべいばんりのいりふね)」、「八重九重花姿絵(やえここのえはなのすがたえ)」

Edo period
1841 (Tenpô 12), 7th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


30.9 x 40.2 cm (12 3/16 x 15 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.27924, 11.28341

Tsuji banzuke promoting the kabuki dance drama “Tenjiku Tokubei banri no irifune”, and “Yae kokonoe hana no sugata-e” that featured chanted musical accompaniment in the Tokiwazu, Kiyomoto, and Naga-uta styles. This program was staged at the Nakamura Theater (Edo) from the 5th day of the 7th lunar month of Tenpô 12 (1841). The playbill 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