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


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


34.6 x 48 cm (13 5/8 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



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

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.


Eshi Torii Kiyomitsu

絵師 鳥居清満筆


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)

[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