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

中村座顔見世番付

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 11th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese, Publisher Murayamaya Genbei (Japanese)


Dimensions

34.6 x 48.2 cm (13 5/8 x 19 in.)

Accession Number

11.27951

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Kaomise banzuke for the Nakamura Theater’s annual “face showing ” ceremony that opened the new kabuki season and presented the theater’s newly formed acting troupe. The banzuke was published around the 1st day of the 11th lunar month of Kaei 1 (1848) by Murayama Genbei.
顔見世番付
中村座、江戸
嘉永01(1848) ・11月 ・01日より
 「嘉永元戊申年、申霜月朔日」

版元備考: 村山 源兵衛

Signed

Unsigned
無款

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