Kabuki Playbill (Tsuji banzuke) for the Soga Festival (Soga Matsuri) and the Play Nitari ya Nitari Ayame no Kusazuri at the Nakamura Theater

中村座辻番付 曽我祭、「似哉似菖蒲草摺(にたりやにたりあやめのくさずり)」

Japanese
Edo period
1778 (An'ei 7), 5th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


Dimensions

29.9 x 39.3 cm (11 3/4 x 15 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.27287

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e), ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Nitari ya Nitari Ayame no Kusazuri
Theater: Nakamura

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.
1778、戊戌、安永07、05・22
中村
似哉似菖蒲草摺 にたりやにたりあやめのくさずり
曽我祭 [そがまつり]

「吉例之通曽我祭り興行仕」「曽我まつり六月九日迄」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