Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke) for the Kado Theater in Osaka

大坂角座顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 11th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Uchichaya Iwashichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

32 x 45.6 cm (12 5/8 x 17 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.27970

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Kaomise banzuke produced to advertise the annual “face showing” ceremony at the Kado Theater (Osaka) in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year and the theater’s newly formed acting troupe. Published around the 11th lunar month of Kaei 4 (1851) by Uchichaya.

Signed

Unsigned

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