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

河原崎座顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 11th month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868), Publisher Ogawa Hansuke (Japanese)


Dimensions

34.1 x 48 cm (13 7/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

00.1504

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1492, 00.1504, 00.1521, 11.28287, 11.28288

Kaomise banzuke produced to advertise the annual “face showing” ceremony at the Kawarazaki Theater (Edo) in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year and the theater’s newly formed acting troupe. Published on an “auspicious day” in the 11th lunar month of Kaei 4 (1851) by Ogawa Hansuke.

Signed

Eshi Torii Kiyomitsu hitsu

絵師鳥居清満筆

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock