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

森田座顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868), Publisher Ogawa Hansuke (Japanese)


Dimensions

35.5 x 47.8 cm (14 x 18 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1515

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1515, 11.28143

Kaomise banzuke were traditionally produced to advertise the annual “face showing” ceremony that was held in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year. This banzuke was produced for the Morita Theater (Edo), and was published on “an auspicious day” in the 1st lunar month of Man’en 2 (1861) 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