Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke) for the Ichimura Theater

市村座顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 11th month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868), Publisher Fukuchi Mohei (Japanese), Publisher Yamamotoya Jûgorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

32.7 x 46.5 cm (12 7/8 x 18 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28297

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1486, 00.1488, 00.1516, 11.27983, 11.28297

Kaomise banzuke produced to advertise the annual “face showing” ceremony at the Ichimura Theater (Edo) in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year and the theater’s newly formed acting troupe. Published on the 1st day of the 11th lunar month of Kaei 2 (1849) by Fukuchi Mohei and Yamamoto Jûgorô.

Signed

Eshi Torii Kiyomitsu hitsu

絵師鳥居清満筆

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