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 I (Japanese, 1735–1785), Publisher Ogawa Hansuke (Japanese)


Dimensions

34.4 x 47.2 cm (13 9/16 x 18 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28143

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 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