Season-opening Program (Kaomise banzuke) for the Nakamura Theater
31.8 x 46.3 cm (12 1/2 x 18 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper
Not On View
Kaomise banzuke produced to advertise the annual “face showing” ceremony at the Nakamura Theater (Edo) in celebration of the opening of the new kabuki year and the theater’s newly formed acting troupe. Published on the 1st day of the 11th lunar month of Kaei 4 (1851) by Murayama Genbei.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection