Kabuki Playbill (Yakuwari banzuke) for Plays at the Kado Theater, Osaka: Chûkô Homare no Takanawa, Aigikyô Karigane Gomon
24.4 x 33.5 cm (9 5/8 x 13 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Kamigata-style yakuwari banzuke advertising the kabuki plays “Chûkô homare no takanawa” and “Aigikyô karigane gomon”. These were performed at the Kado Theater (Osaka) on “an auspicious day” in the 5th lunar month of Ansei 3 (1856). The banzuke was published by Uchichaya.
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