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

中村座顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1846 (Kôka 3), 11th month
Artist Torii Kiyomitsu II (Kiyomine) (Japanese, 1787–1868), Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


Dimensions

33.9 x 48.1 cm (13 3/8 x 18 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1513

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1513, 11.30398
Same design except for the text at upper left: 00.1496, 11.28327

Kaomise banzuke produced for the Nakamura Theater’s annual “face showing” ceremony that announced the beginning of the new kabuki season and advertised the theater’s newly formed acting troupe. The banzuke dates from the 1st day of the 11th lunar month of Kôka 3 (1846). Published by Murayama Genbei.

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