Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for the Soga Festival (Soga Matsuri) and Plays at the Morita Theater: Edo Meisho Midori Soga, Shinobugusa Koi no Utsushi-e

森田座辻番付 曽我祭、「[江戸名所]緑曽我」(えどめいしょみどりそが)、垣衣恋写絵(しのぶぐさこいのうつしえ)

Japanese
Edo period
1779 (An'ei 8), 5th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Kanai Hanbei (Japanese)


Dimensions

40 x 31 cm (15 3/4 x 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28529

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1529, 11.28529

Play: Edo Meisho Midori Soga
Play: Shinobugusa Koi no Utsushi-e
Theater: Morita

The Soga Festival (Soga Matsuri) was a custom of Edo theaters that celebrated the historical date of the revenge of the Soga brothers on the 28th day of the 5th month and marked the last performance of the Soga play that had been running since the beginning of the year.
1779、己亥、安永08、05・05
森田
曽我祭(そがまつり) 7化けの所作大踊
大名題 [江戸名所]緑曽我[えどめいしょみどりそが]
 [垣衣恋写絵][しのぶぐさこいのうつしえ]、3立目

口上に「曽我祭を出し申候只今迄の通リしのふ売の幕を朝三立めに仕」とあり。

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[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